Well, it was bound to happen, and I'm excited it's happening now. This marks the first (and definitely not last) shameless plug that we will be doing here at The Freshpreneur. As both Justin and I prepare to launch our individual projects in the first quarter of 2015, I've decided to learn a few lessons by utilizing crowdfunding as the means to raise funds for a movement that I believe in.
2014 marks the fifth year that I have participated in the global movement called Movember. Movember, a combination of mustache (or Mo') and November, is focused around the idea of men growing mustaches during the month of November in order to raise awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer research. At beginning of the month, we all start out with a clean shave, and throughout the month we water, nurture, and care for our upper-lip friend.
Fortunately, this cause is more than just about growing a fine Tom Selleck mustache. It's about the impact that we can all have towards changing the face of men's health. Now, before jumping into what Movember has been able to accomplish, let's take a look at a couple important facts:
Since 2003, Movember has educated many, while raising a substantial amount of funds that have gone towards research and awareness. In 2013, over four million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas (ladies that support the cause) participated in the movement and raised almost $580 million combined.
As I have done the past five years, I plan on raising as much as I can to contribute to the movement's total amount. Thanks to family and friends, our team was able to raise over $1,300 last year. This year, I'm doing things a bit differently. By using the crowdfunding website Tilt, I have decided that I'm going the all or nothing approach. Plain and simple, either I raise my goal, or fall flat on my face. My project tilts (is successful) at $512.88, with my target goal being set at $1,000.
When it comes to rewards for your contribution towards my goal, boy are you in for a treat. Aside from a thank you note, you'll also will be receiving a picture of the following:
Let's face it, having only one leg shaved is extremely ridiculous and even more embarrassing.
This isn't a typical game changing project that we usually post. However, it's a project that I have put my efforts into, going back to 2010. It's crucial that young men are aware of testicular cancer,and it's just as crucial for older men to be familiar with prostate cancer. Regardless of age, men need to get checked each year, in order to make sure that they are cancer-free, or to be able to catch it early on.
The potential of this project may not mean much to the overall picture, but it's still piece of the puzzle. I would be flattered to have your support on this journey, as I do my part to help change the face of men's health.
Overall, growing a mustache to fight cancer POPs.
Shawhin's Campaign Page
Pictures of Tom Selleck's Notorious Mustache