This morning I needed to speak to my neighbors, Maha & Ali about a financial matter, as I help them with matters like taxes and insurance that even native speakers of English struggle with. When I knocked on their door, Ali answered and looked as if he hadn’t shaved in a week. I said, “Ali … need shave!”, as I pointed to his beard and made shaving-like gestures at my own chin. He laughed and tried to explain, but I was left confused and soon moved on to other matters. Later this morning I mentioned it to Miss Goose, who was able to enlighten me … apparently November is the month for not shaving, known as ‘No-Shave November’. Who knew?
A bit of research …
No-Shave November is a web-based, non-profit organization devoted to growing cancer awareness and raising funds to support cancer prevention, research, and education.
No-Shave November is a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness. Learn more about how you can get involved and start getting hairy!
The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle – No Shave November website .
Now, I can happily forgo the shaving of the legs until next month, but … um … the grooming? Not so much. I mean, if they are asking us to give up bathing, tooth-brushing, hair-combing, etc., then I have a tiny problem, but I don’t think that is the goal, for most people have jobs and … I think most employers would be frowning and wearing a clothes pin on their nose by now.
In Slidell, Louisiana, the police are joining in the challenge. “I challenge all the guys not to shave,” Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said. “I think it’s an awesome opportunity to actually get out there to show our support for men’s health,” Officer Jeremy Brown said, “and also it gives us an opportunity for a little morale boost around the department to get a chance to grow a beard, save some money on some razors.”
No Shave November started after a father in Chicago passed away from colon cancer. His 8 sons and daughters started this campaign in 2009 in honor of their father. Over 6 years this became a popular thing to do among many throughout the country.
While this seems rather a fun way to raise money for a worthy cause, I suspect there are other venues that are more effective as a charity, but heck … if you decide to go for it, be sure to send me before & after pictures. Maybe at the end of November I’ll post all of them!