Every one of us is very much interested in using hashtags of ‘No Shave November’ by trying to ditch the razor for a month and elaborating our beards to look wild yet cool. However, No-Shave November is more than just an Instagram or twitter hashtag and has a cause behind it, which 95% of us never knew.
What is No-Shave November
No-Shave November is an organization, which has been organizing, ‘No shave November’ campaigns across the globe since last 5 years. It is a month-long journey, where people are motivated to ditch the razor and forgo their shaving and grooming habits and invoke conservation & cancer awareness around the world.
The concept behind it is that cancer affected patients suffer from hair loss during their treatments. Hence, the organization wishes to grow awareness about embracing our hairs and letting it grow wild and free and donate the money which you’ve spent by ditching a month of shaving and grooming.
This has been sought as a two-way method to embrace and foster cancer awareness, health education about cancer & its prevention. The fund collected is used to save the lives of cancer patients by investing in their treatments and aid those who are battling the deadly disease.
The founding of No-Shave November
‘No-Shave November’ is a 501(c) 3 organization which raises money by encouraging individuals to “ditch the razors” each November who has chosen to support the cause. The Hill family, founders of No-Shave November had lost their father ‘Matthew Hill’ to colorectal cancer. As a result, to support cancer affected people and their families, the Hill family started this campaign.
How to Become Part of it?
If you wish to participate in the campaign then the rules are simple. All you have to do is put down your razor for 30 days of November and donate your monthly hair-maintenance expenses including shaving, grooming etc to the cause of saving cancer patients and spreading awareness about cancer. If you are willing to participate, then grow a beard, cultivating a moustache, let go of those waxing appointment. Just put your razors away for a month and set up your own campaign of No-Shave November for fundraising.
If you wish to participate in the campaign, register yourself here:
However, if you’re not ready to get hairy, or if you are willing to participate but have to follow a strict dress code at your office or college or institute? Don’t worry! The organisation encourages every kind of participation. Grooming and trimming are perfectly acceptable and you can donate money or efforts through other means.
Visit the link below to know how can you support others:
Success of the Campaign
Till date, the No-Shave November Campaign has been able to donate $1,823,478 to Fight CRC with an aim to support the life-saving research for colorectal cancer impactful advocacy of their work.
In an official statement, Anjee Davis, president of Fight CRC said, “Because of No-Shave’s generosity, we were able to convene discussions with thought leaders, researchers, and scientists to examine research which is specifically targeted to better understand as to why we are seeing an increase in colorectal cancer in younger populations.”
She further added, “Just this year, we awarded two people, Heather Hampel from Ohio State University & Dr. Christine Molmenti from the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at Northwell Health with a $55,000 research grant award for & to support their work in early-onset colorectal cancer.”
No Shave November 2019
Just like previous years, No-Shave November will continue to support the work of ‘Fight Colorectal Cancer’ (Fight FCR). It is one of three charity partners chosen this year. They will be receiving dollars raised by No-Shave November in 2019. It is the fifth consecutive year of No-Shave November.
No-Shave November has been working with the following organizations to succeed in their mission in 2019: Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The funds collected from 2019’s campaign will be split amongst the three partners viz Fight Colorectal Cancer, Prevent Cancer Foundation, and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Both men and women are encouraged & highly welcomed to participate for the cause by discontinuing shaving during a 30 day month of November and by donating their savings to the organization. They can also make a donation to a team’s page.