Tom Selleck, Ron Burgundy, Burt Reynolds, Nick Offerman, Frank Zappa—there’s one thing these illustrious figures have in common, and that’s a cracking ‘stache. They say the moustache makes the man, and for November, a hairy lip can also do good. Movember is a global campaign that was started in 2003 and runs each November to raise awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention. Last year in Hong Kong, it raised over $1.75 million, and this year looks set to be just as successful.
In the past, Hong Kong’s Movember Ambassador, James Carlile, explained that, “Men typically are very bad at talking about men’s health issues, whether it’s cancer, suicide prevention, or depression. It’s not so much about talking about gory details or hard facts; it’s really about starting a conversation. It’s letting people know that help is out there.”
The name of the game is to start with a clean shave on November 1 and then let that top lip flourish for the whole month while raising sponsorship from friends and colleagues for your efforts. You can sign up at hk.movember.com, where you’ll find all the info on how to build your profile and share your sponsorship details. You can also show your support in lots of other ways (even if you can’t grow your own mo’). We’ve rounded up some of the best mo’vents to head along to this month and we’ll keep updating the list as more events roll in.
Mo’ Green Chile Cheese burger special at Beef & Liberty
As with every year, do-gooders Beef & Liberty return with a unique menu item to support the Movember movement. The formidable Mo’ Green Chile Cheese ($122) returns with a spicy kick, featuring a succulent beef patty topped with melted Raclette cheese and a homemade relish medley of jalapeño, green chilli, paprika, celery, garlic, and vinegar.
Can’t make it for dinner? Don’t worry, this burger is also available as part of a special lunch set. Vegetarians and vegan who’d like to join the cause can customise theirs for an additional $20 by swapping out the patty for Impossible meat. Available from October 29 to November 30, Beef & Liberty will donate $10 from each Mo’ Green Chile Cheese sale to the Movember Foundation. Better get to eatin’!
The Handlebar cocktail special at Ciao Chow
Ciao Chow is introducing a limited-time cocktail called the Handlebar ($138) to help raise awareness and funds for the Movember Foundation. Dubbed the Great Grandfather of martini, the cocktail features gin, sweet vermouth, orange bitters, and a dash of maraschino liqueur to finish. For every sale of the Handlebar, Ciao Chow will donate $18 to Movember. Drink up, ladies and gents!
Ciao Chow, G/F, California Tower, 30–32 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central | (+852) 2344 0005
Complimentary moustache trims at Selvedge Barbers
Selvedge Barbers will once again offer free beard trims for any mo’ growers and registered Movember supporters throughout November. If you’re in need of grooming products, make sure to buy them during your November visit, as they are also donating 10 percent of their product sales to the charity.
Selvedge Barbers, 36 Pottinger Street, Central | (+852) 2577 3080
Let’s Get Quizzical: The Movember Edition
Not satisfied with just a burger special, Beef & Liberty is also hosting a Movember edition of their sell-out quiz night. The entry fee gets you an unforgettable night of trivia fun, as well as a welcome drink. What’s more, happy hour prices reign all night and normal food items are available for peckish brainiacs. With guests due to receive goodie bags filled with Selvedge Grooming and Deliveroo gifts, you can’t say you’re not getting your money’s worth. As with the years prior, all the money raised from this quiz night will be donated to Movember, so you can have fun and contribute to a great cause while you’re at it!
Quiz night seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations must be made to [email protected] with the subject line Movember Quiz. Be sure to send along your name, team name, number of team members, and phone number. Teams are allowed up to six members. Any extra team members will incur penalty points per extra member.
And what could you win for your efforts? First place takes home a Hong Kong Junks night junk package for 40 passengers and six Selvedge Grooming gift boxes. Second place can revel in a Pilsner Urquell house party with 10 cases of beer and official Mo’ merch. Third place can eat ‘til they drop with Deliveroo credits of $1,200 and official Mo’ merch!
Beef & Liberty, 3/F, California Tower, 30–32 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central | (+852) 2450 5778
When: November 12 (7pm)
How much: $100 for Beef & Liberty Society members, $150 for non-members
Men’s Day at the Hive
The Hive is hosting a full day of celebrations to honour and fundraise for men’s health and Movember. Make your way to Kennedy Town to stroll through the mini marketplace, where vendors will sell wares and donate a part of their proceeds to the charity, and stay for the panel discussions surrounding men’s health. Barbers will be on hand to give gents a well-deserved shave.
The Hive, 6/F, Cheung Hing Industrial Building, 12P Smithfield, Kennedy Town | (+852) 2448 9830
When: November 27
How much: Free
Pedal for charity with Rapha Cycling Club
Get your helmet on, dust off your old bike, and join the Rapha Cycling Club’s weekly Sunday Open Ride to support Movember! Led by the club’s ride leaders, this event will take you on routes that cover Tai Hang and Shek O or Tai Hang to the Peak Galleria and Stanley. Kick things off bright and early with a pre-ride joe at the meeting point at Fineprint Coffee and roll out at 7.30am for an incredible ride.
All participants will be required to follow their instructions regarding rules and checkpoints. If you’re new to cycling, rest assured that the ride leaders will split cyclists into different packs depending on ability level and group size. Dedicated ride sweepers will make sure no participants get left behind. Helmet, front, and rear lights are required. Find out more information here.
Rapha Hong Kong, 56 Sai Street, Sheung Wan | (+852) 9442 3507
When: November 10, 17, 24
How much: Free
Movember’s top 5 tips for men’s health
The Movember Foundation is focused on improving men’s health, and offers these five tips on staying healthy:
- Make ‘man time’: Stay connected. Your mates are important and spending time with them is good for you. Catch up regularly, check in, and make time.
- Talk: Have conversations, especially about the tough stuff.
- Move more: Do more of what makes you feel good.
- Know your numbers: At 50, talk to your doctor about prostate cancer and whether it’s right for you to have a PSA test. If you are of African or Caribbean descent or have a father or brother with prostate cancer, you should be having this conversation at 45. Know your numbers, know your risk, and talk to your doctor.
- Know thy nuts: Get to know what’s normal and talk to a doctor if anything feels unusual.
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