Geckos Growing Moustaches!

By Ashan ‘Mo-fasa’ Herath

Once again it’s time to put away the shaving gel and dust off the old grooming kit! To paraphrase Ned Stark, Movember is coming. And he would know, he had a phenomenal tash.  

Movember is a month where men join together and grow out their facial hair to promote and support men’s health.

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches around the world. With their “Mo’s” men raise vital funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health. As an independent global charity, Movember’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. –

It could not be more simple to participate. Here’s the lowdown:

  • Step one: Shave. No trimming or shaping what’s already on your face, whip out the Gillette (or equivalent) and clean that bad boy off!
  • Step two: Let it grow. Grow it out as much as you can in the next month, but no connecting it to a goatee or side burns, that’s considered a beard!
  • Step three: Come up with your own Mo themed nickname for the month, e.g. Mo Farah or Mojak. I’m Mofasa.
  • Step four: Promote awareness and raise some funds!

But of course there’s no fun in just letting it grow out, I mean this month is the perfect excuse to go all out on the styling! So once again here’s our buddy Mario with some styling tips! Any of them tickle your fancy?

Fun aside, what are we actually supporting here? Well Movember themselves support various parts of men’s health, specifically Testicular and Prostate Cancer.

According to, 1 in 256 men develop tesiciular cancer and 1 in 7 prostate cancer, and unfortunately 1 in 37 are at risk of dying from it. However year by year that number keeps looking better thanks to increasing awareness and support from all of you!

Movember is working wonders. Just last year over a million of us banded together to raise over 92 Million pounds! In relative terms that’s 11 Million Zinger Box meals (with sides), that’s A LOT of chicken!!! But unlike me, Movember spend none of that on chicken and all of it towards aiding men’s health around the world. Well maybe they had a bit of chicken…

Movember's Past funds and Participants

Movember’s Past funds and Participants

So please join in and support a good cause, either by supporting one of our Mo-Bros or joining in yourself! Also feel free to join our Movember team and help fundraising!!!!


And trust me, you don’t have to worry about looking dumb, I mean THIS was the best I could muster last year and for comparison a picture of my dad… ah I love genetics (Please ignore the cringe level of my posing!)


About geckosrilanka

Gecko Sri Lanka is a UK registered charity founded in the aftermath of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami by a group of second generation Sri Lankan students.
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