A Movember warning for our clients…

We’re sure you’re probably already aware of Movember, the annual moustache-based fundraising event which raises funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health.

It requires volunteers to sport facial hair for the month of November, in return for donations prompted by the attempts to model a “Tom Selleck”, “Burt Reynolds” or for the UK, a “Des Lynam”.

If you’re a client or prospective client, we wanted to warn you that Dan is taking part this year for the first time in a while. And so far it appears his moustache growing and grooming talents have not improved

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So if you have any face-to-face meetings or Skype calls etc with us this month, please do not be alarmed.

But please do feel free to be amused, suggest facial hair styling techniques, and donate to a good cause.

Saying goodbye to my top lip for a month…

Having given it a miss last year due to worries I’d struggle to establish a new business even without a hairy top lip, I’ve signed up for Movember this year.

If you’re one of the few people not aware of it, the campaign raises money for male cancer charities by encouraging men around the world to grow a moustache, and be sponsored for the pleasure of it.

So over the next month you can chuckle, laugh, grimace or whatever else springs to mind when you see my horrific attempt at manly facial hair, but in return you have to donate some money here.

Obviously I’m hoping for something with the macho gravitas of a Reynolds, or even a Lynam. I’d hope for a Selleck, but settle for a Higgins.

Sadly, however, my previous experience in growing a moustache in 2009 means that I can’t expect to even manage a Chuckle Brother.

So to make up for the next 30 days of looking like a dishevelled 70’s drug dealer in a made-for-TV movie, I’m hoping you’ll donate something, here.

Movember registration now open…

It’s likely you may have heard of Movember, the facial-hair based annual charity event, but if not, it’s well worth checking out as it again raises money to help cancer charities – particularly poignant in the tech world at the moment.

Registration for this year is now open – and I figure if I’m going to take part again this year, I need to alert existing and potential clients to the reason why I might be sporting a particularly embarrasing attempt at a ‘Selleck’ in meetings.

Not long to donate to Movember…

Cross-posting from my other blog at www.thewayoftheweb.net – it might not be microblogging or lifestreaming, but it’s a really good cause. And my itchy top lip deserves more donations….

 

The month of Movember is coming to an end on Monday, so if you haven’t donated yet to the worthy cause of raising awareness and funds to tackle male prostate cancer, then maybe this will inspire you.

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Yes, that’s my shameful Mo, taken a week ago. It’s not much more impressive now, although it has filled out a bit to look like a less threadbare broom, and more like a doormat made of wire wool.

So if you want to encourage me to take some suitably foolish pictures over the next 4 days, then you need donate. It only takes a matter of seconds, and many of you will have just been paid – so why not donate one or two Christmas drinks worth, save yourself a bit of a hangover, and feel worthy for the rest of the year.

Donate to Dan’s appalling Mo here.

If you want to know more about prostate cancer, start on the Movember Men’s Health page. But the basic facts are that despite the fact men are embarrassed and quite frankly crap at going to the doctor’s and staying healthy, 35,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK every year. It mainly affects men over the age of 50, and the good news is that if it’s detected early and treated, it’s highly curable.

Go on, donate…

Not long to donate to Movember…

The month of Movember is coming to an end on Monday, so if you haven’t donated yet to the worthy cause of raising awareness and funds to tackle male prostate cancer, then maybe this will inspire you.

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Yes, that’s my shameful Mo, taken a week ago. It’s not much more impressive now, although it has filled out a bit to look like a less threadbare broom, and more like a doormat made of wire wool.

So if you want to encourage me to take some suitably foolish pictures over the next 4 days, then you need donate. It only takes a matter of seconds, and many of you will have just been paid – so why not donate one or two Christmas drinks worth, save yourself a bit of a hangover, and feel worthy for the rest of the year.

Donate to Dan’s appalling Mo here.

If you want to know more about prostate cancer, start on the Movember Men’s Health page. But the basic facts are that despite the fact men are embarrassed and quite frankly crap at going to the doctor’s and staying healthy, 35,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK every year. It mainly affects men over the age of 50, and the good news is that if it’s detected early and treated, it’s highly curable.

Go on, donate…

Ouch….

Due to back problems, the laptop isn’t able to make the commute with me, hence the slight lack of blogging at the moment.

Rest assured I’ll be back shortly… In the meantime, I spent today at the Radio at the Edge conference, and Adam Bowie has a great live-blogged write-up of the event.

Plus I’m taking part in Movember, so you’ll shortly get to see a most appalling attempt at a moustache.

In the meantime, I’m off to dose myself on Ibuprofen for a bit longer…

Targeting any male readers of my blog…

There are two reasons for mentioning Movember (or reminding you if you’re already heard about it).

The first is that 35,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in the UK alone. It tends to affect men over 50, but can affect younger men (although rare), and if you want to read some of the details of what it’s like, blogger Jeff Jarvis recently shared his experiences.

The second reason, which isn’t quite as important, is that it’s a great example of something which has spread from a few blokes in Australia to a word-of-mouth and social phenomenon across the globe. Because it’s funny, in a good cause, and easy to get involved with just by growing a moustache, which then becomes a walking billboard effectively.

And if something is easy and fun it’s pretty hard not to support isn’t it?

So stop reading this, and get over to www.movember.com. Now.