Movember is over and the bristly moustaches seen on upper lips nationwide have long disappeared down the sink. However, Barkers has now harnessed its Christmas shopping rush for good as it teams up with the Movember Foundation for a second crack at fundraising for men’s health.
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November has been the annual month for kiwi men to grow out whiskers atop their upper lips to raise funds for testicular cancer since Movember first emerged in 2004. And this year the charity is continuing its annual tradition by releasing a series of special coins featuring the faces of famous Kiwis.
Once again, a number of facial follicles are being left to run rampant this month to raise funds for men's health as part of Movember celebrations. And this year, in an effort to drive sign-ups among 'mo bros' and 'mo sistas', BBDO Toronto created a moustachioued male stereotype called Bruce to show that, despite the often hideous appearance of those who take part, they really are heroes.
Moving away from their standard, clean-shaven pastry visages, Pie Face has added a cartoonish moustache to their pies in an effort to help raise funds for men with health issues.
The top hat and moustache combo is an enduring style. And, rocking the Daniel Day Lewis/lion tamer/creepy magician look to absolute perfection, the addition to the face of APN's Rowan Spinks has been deemed good enough to take home the agency Mo of the Week title and a $150 voucher from The Grill thanks to TVNZ.
Coloured facial hair is usually reserved for those who drive housebuses, members of hair metal bands or Billy Connolly. It's certainly not too common in this biz, but Carat's business director Gareth 'Connolly of the South' O’Connor has used colour to great effect and been rewarded with the mo of the week title.
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During the annual hirsute pilgrimage that is Movember, many participants become quite attached to their new lip slugs. So, to ensure that the memory lives on, Schick and Y&R have created a Facebook campaign called Mount your Mo to not only reward the dedicated men of New Zealand for their efforts, but, through the wonder of taxidermy, to "allow them to keep their pride without prejudice".
The hairy battle has commenced and Nigel Hooker from Apollo Marketing has been awarded the prestigious mo of the week title.
Two days in to November and the lip hair of males around the country is already sprouting. The Movember industry challenge also kicked off yesterday, and while there are a few publishers stepping up to the mark, it could do with a few more contenders from agency land. But there's still time. And all those who enter will be up for some tasty beverages, with Mo of the Week sponsored by TVNZ, which is putting four $150 bar tabs up for grabs, and Most valuable Mo sponsored by iSite, which is putting up a $300 Libertine voucher. Robert Dunne, the Movember country manager, will be picking the winners. So if you're up to the task, register now, join your agency team and the Movember agency challenge (or become a team captain for your business) and show the industry just what kind of incremental growth you can deliver.
The time has cometh once again, when the upper-lips of men around the country—and the world—are given a temporary hairy embrace as part of Movember celebrations. And Carat has stepped up to the plate and challenged the rest of the marcomms industry to get growing and support the cause.