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Movember through the years

From 30 Mo Bros in 2003 to over 5 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to date.
Take a walk through Movember history.



 


 




 




 

 

2003

Two mates (Travis Garone and Luke Slattery) meet up for a quiet beer in Melbourne, Australia, and the idea that sparked Movember is born.

The moustache had all but disappeared from fashion trends. Could they bring it back? They found 30 guys willing to take up the challenge.

Movember's Origin Story: A Hairy Tale

 

Participating countries: Australia

30 Mo Bros

$0 raised

 


 


 




 




 

 

2004

Inspired by the Mo's ability to generate a conversation, the crew decide to take things to the next level. Adam Garone steps up to register the Movember Foundation and create a website. Justin Coghlan (JC) comes on board to kickstart things in Queensland.

Funds raised go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA). At the time, that first Movember cheque was the largest single donation the PCFA had ever received.

 

Participating countries: Australia

480 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas since 2003

€30,710 raised since 2003

6 men’s health projects funded since 2003

 


 


 




 




 

 

2005

Movember returns for another year and the Mo starts to gain some serious momentum in Australia.

Funds raised go to the PCFA who come on board as Movember’s first official men’s health partner.

 

Participating countries: Australia

9,795 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas since 2003

€779,655 raised since 2003

6 men’s health projects funded since 2003

 


 


 




 




 

 

2006

The Movember Foundation receives official Australian charity status.

beyondblue becomes Movember’s second men’s health partner in Australia.

Movember officially launches in New Zealand in partnership with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ.

 

Participating countries: Australia and New Zealand

65,924 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas since 2003

€6,298,601 raised since 2003

29 men’s health projects funded since 2003

 


 


 




 




 

 

2007

Movember officially launches in the US in partnership with Prostate Cancer Foundation, in Canada with Prostate Cancer Canada, in the UK with The Prostate Cancer Charity and in Spain with FEFOC.

The Movember Board is formally established.

 

Participating countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Spain, UK and USA

200,095 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas since 2003

€19,185,306 raised since 2003

73 men’s health projects funded since 2003

 


 


 




 




 

 

2008

Movember Ireland is officially launched in partnership with the Irish Cancer Society. The Cancer Society of NZ and Mental Health Foundation of NZ become New Zealand’s men’s health partners.

 

Participating countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Spain, UK and USA

373,530 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas since 2003

€34,213,072 raised since 2003

152 men’s health projects funded since 2003

 


 


 




 




 

 

2009

Movember USA obtains official charity status and a second men’s health partner is added – the LIVESTRONG Foundation.

Through Movember funding, the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center made a significant research breakthrough identifying that there are 25+ different kinds of prostate cancer.

 

Participating countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Spain, UK and USA

629,252 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas since 2003

€61,797,200 raised since 2003

254 men’s health projects funded since 2003

 


 


 




 




 

 

2010

Movember officially launches campaigns in South Africa in partnership with CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa) and in Finland, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

Movember launches its first directly funded programme – the Global Action Plan, created to accelerate prostate cancer research outcomes through global collaboration.

 

Participating countries: Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, UK and USA

1,077,060 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas since 2003

€113,476,845 raised since 2003

352 men’s health projects funded since 2003

 


 


 




 




 

 

2011

Movember officially launches campaigns in Belgium, Denmark and Norway, and obtains official charity status in Canada, England, Wales and Scotland.

Movember is ranked in the top 100 best NGOs (charity) in the world by the Global Journal based on three key main criteria: impact, innovation and sustainability.

Through Movember funding, the world’s first Prostate Cancer Genome Mapping Project is completed, expanding the understanding of how prostate cancer works.

 

Participating countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, UK and USA

1,931,348 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas since 2003

€207,853,844 raised since 2003

511 men’s health projects funded since 2003

 


 


 




 




 

 

2012

Movember officially launches campaigns in Austria, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland.

Movember is again ranked in the top 100 best NGOs (charity) in the world by the Global Journal based on three key main criteria: impact, innovation and sustainability. To put that in context, there are an estimated 5 million NGOs around the world.

 

Participating countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA

3,058,500 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas since 2003

€321,313,898 raised since 2003

581 men’s health projects funded since 2003

 


 


 




 




 

 

2013

The Movember Foundation is awarded the Social Force of the Year award from GQ Australia magazine.

 

Participating countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA

4,027,688 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas since 2003

€409 million raised since 2003

770 men’s health projects funded since 2003

 


 


 




 




 

 

2014

The Movember Foundation was ranked 72nd out of the top 500 NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the world.

 

Participating countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA

4,746,905 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas since 2003

€485 million raised since 2003

832 men’s health projects funded since 2003

 


 


 




 




 

 

2015

NGO Advisor ranks the Movember Foundation as 55th in the top 500 NGOs around the world.

The 2015 Innovation Index names the Movember Foundation the most innovative not-for-profit organisation in Australia.

The Movember Foundation becomes the first charity to receive cult brand status from The Gathering.

 

Participating countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA

5,232,625 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas since 2003

€542 million raised since 2003

1,200 men’s health projects funded since 2003

 


 


 




 




 

 

2016

Owen Sharp joins Movember as CEO, with extensive non-for-profit and men’s health experience – most notably as Chief Executive of Prostate Cancer UK.

In Canada, Australia and the UK, Movember launches the Social Innovators Challenge. The programme aims to develop, pilot and evaluate 13 innovative projects to restore and strengthen the social connections of men, particularly those at risk of becoming socially isolated.

Movember unites with the National Breast Cancer Foundation Australia – funding research to transform the lives of both men and women. The move allows researchers to leverage genetic similarities between prostate, breast and ovarian cancers to create progress in treatment methods.

 

Participating countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA

5,232,625 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas since 2003

1,200 men’s health projects funded since 2003

 


 


 




 




 

 

2017

The Movember Foundation receives a ranking of 49 out of the top 500 non-governmental-organisations around the world.

Movember funds three-part series ‘Man Up’, for the Australian television network, ABC. The program tackles gender stereotypes, the pressures of manhood, and most importantly why so many men are driven to suicide.

640,000 people tune in for each episode – sparking conversations across Australia and the world.

In the USA, the ‘Making Connections’ programme is delivered across 16 sites. The $6M initiative connects men and boys within their communities to promote resilience across generations – working in particular with boys and men of colour, military members, veterans, and their families.

 

Participating countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA

5,522,093 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas since 2003 (and counting)

1,200 men’s health projects funded since 2003

 


 


 

 

From humble beginnings in Australia in 2003, the Movember movement has grown to be a truly global one, inspiring support from over 5 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the world.

Movember's success can largely be attributed to the strength of the global community. Regardless of the city in which we live, we're part of something bigger, united by a commitment to help change the face of men’s health.

 

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