WEST ORANGE, NJ - For the third year in a row, the Township of West Orange is recruiting new members to Team Mo' Wo -- the Township's Movember team that has sported moustaches during the month of November and raised $20,000 for men's health issues over the past two years. Everyone from the mayor to the high school principal, local business owners, and residents come together for 30 days to raise awareness and funds for various men's physical and mental health issues. 

As one of the largest global charities investing in programs to address prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity, the Movember Foundation is the leader in men’s health giving.

This year, Team Mo' Wo will expand its focus in conjunction with the Movember movement to include 'MOVE' -- the new way to fundraise that encourages team members to perform some type of movement every day, for 30 days encouraging physical health, while fundraising for the cause.

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Participation is easy:

  1. Sign up and start clean shaven on November 1st
  2. Grow and groom one’s moustache for the 30 days of Movember
  3. Raise funds and awareness for men's health

To join and/or donate to Team Mo' Wo, click HERE; to get involved, send an email to pbashkoff@gmail.com.

Team Mo' Wo Coordinator, Perry Bashkoff said, “This new way of fundraising allows those who cannot grow facial hair the ability to participate. This includes women (aka Mo' Sistas).”

Team Mo' Wo participants can choose to grow a moustache, full beard, or MOVE for 30-days in order to participate.

As is customary, Team Mo' Wo hosted a unique kick-off event on Nov. 1, at the 8 to 8 Barbershop which offered FREE clean shaves for all Team Mo' Wo members during the event.

Additionally, in conjunction with this year's MOVE component, Retro Fitness was on-hand offering FREE 30-day gym memberships to anyone participating as part of Team Mo' Wo. 

Pictures from the kick-off event can be found HERE.

Throughout the month of November, 8 to 8 Barbershop will be offering all Team Mo' Wo members FREE moustache trim/clean-ups. 

"We're eager to see what Team Mo' Wo can do this year," said 8 to 8 Barbershop Owner Jason Robinson. "The Movember movement has been growing here in West Orange over the past few years and this community really delivers when they come together, we're excited to be a big part of it."

Additional events are in the works including an end-of-month celebration where Team Mo' Wo members will be able to show off their facial hair—and this year, their slimmer waists and muscles too.

According to a Movember press release, simply put, men are dying too young and the statistics continue to be sobering:

  • Poor Mental Health: Every day 87 men commit suicide in the United States translating to 31,755 deaths each year, almost the capacity of a college football stadium. Additionally, each year, 1 in 4 adults will experience a diagnosable mental health problem.
  • Prostate Cancer: In the U.S. a man dies every 19.1 minutes from prostate cancer and a new case occurs every 2.4 minute. In 2015, an estimated 220,800 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, which has become the second most common cancer for men in the U.S.
  • Testicular Cancer: While there is a 95 percent cure rate for testicular cancer, for 1 in 20 it’s still a death sentence. That is too many. Furthermore, the incidence of men diagnosed with testicular cancer has doubled over past 50 years and this year an estimate of 8,430 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed.
  • Physical Inactivity: More than one-third of American men over age 20 are obese. Physical inactivity is also fourth leading risk factor for global mortality.

Through the month-long Movember campaign, men and women will spark conversations and raise critical funds that support breakthrough men’s health programs throughout the globe. While the Movember Foundation has raised more than $650 million dollars globally and funded 1,000 programs, the charity said it knows that to help men live happier, healthier and longer lives, one must consider the holistic person, which means addressing both physical and mental health issues.

The Movember Foundation is a global charity raising funds and awareness for men’s health. These funds deliver breakthrough research and support services to allow men to live longer, healthier, happier lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising more than $650 million and funding over 1,000 programs through impact investments, focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity. The Foundation runs awareness and fundraising activities year-round, with the annual Movember campaign in November being globally recognized for its fun and innovative approach to raising money and getting men to take action for their health. During Movember, the foundationchallenges men to grow a moustache or to make a commitment to get active and MOVE, both of which are about real action for health and are done to spark conversation and raise vital funds and awareness. The Foundation’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on men’s health.

Movember is fully accredited by the Better Business Bureau, and for the past three years, has been named a Top 100 best NGO by The Global Journal. For more information please visit Movember.com. Movember is a registered 501(c)(3) charity