Singapore’s favourite sons Fandi Ahmad and Nazri Nasir teamed up with Gillette today to kick start the beginning of the month of Movember at Robinsons The Heeren.
Movember is an annual month-long charity initiative in November that encourages men to grow a moustache (Mo) to create conversation and raise both awareness and funds in support of often-neglected men’s health issues, such as prostate and testicular cancer.
Male supporters start off the month with a clean shave-in, before growing a Mo while raising funds over the course of thirty days. The funds raised in Singapore goes towards the Singapore Cancer Society, in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship, research and health aid for men living with prostate cancer. To-date, Movember has raised over $166 million in funds to support prostate cancer research and men’s health programmes globally.
Greg Rafferty, Head of Movember Asia Pacific said, “Today marks a significant launch for Movember and the support that we have received from our partners including Gillette has been tremendous. We are pleased to have Fandi Ahmad on-board as a Movember ambassador, who is befitting of this year’s Made in Movember theme, and I have no doubts he will be able to touch the hearts of the community and inspire them to sign up for Movember and raise the profile of men’s health.”
Supporters of Movember and local football fans at the launch event were treated to a memorable sight of footballing icons Fandi Ahmad and Nazri Nasir taking part in a live shave-in to kick off Movember. A life-sized artistic portrait of Fandi was concurrently shaved to lead and motivate new registrants in a big way to do their part for Movember.
“I’m thrilled to be part of a meaningful and worthy initiative like Movember to help highlight the importance of men’s health and the risks of prostate cancer,” shared Fandi Ahmad, ambassador of Movember and friend of Gillette. “Aside from championing the cause, growing a moustache in style can be made easy for all male participants with Gillette as the official shavecare partner.”
Fandi added, “I haven’t grown out a Mo in a very long time, so it’ll be quite a challenge not shaving for 30 days!”
In its third year, the Movember campaign finds its roots in all things Singaporean, celebrating the spirit of familiarity and national identity through a movement run by locals, for locals.