24 Nov Decembeard: Beards for Bowels
We’ve all heard of Movember and/or No-Shave-November: the act of either growing a manly mustache or burly beard in the month of November to raise awareness and funds for a multitude of good causes that benefit and support men’s health. Included in but not limited to the list of men’s health issues battled is prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health problems. Even if you can’t grow any facial hair, I absolutely commend anyone that donates to either cause.
However, there is another lesser known cancer that does not receive the same amount of attention that the month of November brings to the others. Bowel cancer is the third most common cause of death in the world, affecting both men and women. Every year just over 40,000 people are diagnosed and more than 16,000 people die of the disease. If caught early enough bowel cancer can be successfully treated. In the month of December, the Decembeard is the campaign which, as its slogan – “Beards for Bowels” – suggests, aims to raise awareness for bowel cancer as well as raise funds for Bowel Cancer UK.
Here’s more about the Decembeard event from Craig at Beards for Bowels:
My name is Craig, a web and applications developer from Birmingham, UK. I’m not funded nor make any profit from this project and juggle a full-time job and family life around the Decembeard and Beards for Bowels fund-raising activities I do. I was wondering if I could have a few minutes of your time to see if you are able to cover my story?
Campaigning during the month of November is known as ‘Movember’ where men grow mustaches to raise awareness of prostate cancer; ‘Tashes for Testicles’ as we call it. ‘Beards for Bowels’ came from our aim to raise awareness of bowel cancer by growing beards all year round but mainly campaigning each December… Decembeard if you will.
Decembeard originally was mentioned on the radio by Chris Evans a few years ago shortly after Movember. Back then, I set up our social media profile but the campaign was only driven during December, therefore I created Beards for Bowels (with a friend, Matthew) so we could help raise support and awareness all year round.
We blog all beard, charity and cancer awareness related information on our website and also have free iPhone apps which allow the follicly challenged to take a picture and place a beard on their selfie and post on Twitter, Facebook ad Instagram to help them get involved and spread the word and donate. The iPhone app was nominated JustGiving Mobile Fund Raiser of the Year 2013 – JustTextGiving by Vodafone UK for integrating the SMS/text options within the app and on our website with the use of QR Codes.
Donations help campaign for the best treatment, care and promoting early diagnosis of the worlds third most common cancer killer. All donations go directly to our chosen charity Bowel Cancer UK via JustGiving, JustTextGiving by Vodafone and Virgin Money Giving to help raise support and awareness of those affected.
We have had several celebrities RT our campaigns such as; Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies, Embarrassing Bodies Down Under, Calum Best, Donna Air, Matthew Wright, Henry Cavill #1 Fan Club (sorry, but I’m a big Superman geek), Herschelle Gibbs, Mick Foley… and hope to have a few more mentions this year.
Our two sets of social media profiles are:
Virgin Money Giving: http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/decembeard
iPhone App: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/decembeard/id848565146?mt=8
Beards for Bowels:
JustGiving: http://www.justgiving.com/BeardsforBowels or SMS/Text ‘DECB47 £2’ to 70070 if in the UK.
iPhone App: http://itunes.apple.com/app/id57606653
So grow continue to grow your Movember mustaches and No-Shave-November beard on through to December and partake in the Decembeard for bowel cancer awareness and fundraising. Take pictures of your beard and tag them with #Decembeard or mention @Decembeard on Twitter and Instagram. Make sure to donate as well, especially since you’re saving so much money on grooming products.