HOW DOES IT WORK?
SUSS SPOTS FOUND
PEOPLE ON BOARD
Growing a beard is magnificent symbol of commitment. From the moment you retire your razor, you’ll be bravely bristling in the footsteps of Sea Captains, Bush Rangers, Lumberjacks and Lords. Growing the ultimate conversation starter which can literally save lives. Your mission is to use your majestic neck mane as a talking billboard for early detection – convincing at least ten people to get a skin check, and help us raise funds for targeted community skin check programs.
The reality is, two out of three Aussies are likely to get some form of skin cancer before they’re 70. Crazy right?! The most dangerous form of this is melanoma – and it’s one of our biggest killers, claiming one person every five hours. Which is 12 X the global norm, a figure we’re determined to change.
Thankfully, melanoma is one of the most successful to treat cancers if it’s found early. Which is why our primary focus is on early detection. Something no other charity was doing when our mate passed away. So we went to work solving this problem in a hairy, unique way.
The colder months of June, July & August provide the ideal growing conditions for beards, not only keeping you warm but making you more wonderful. Attracting the attention of everyone around you. Winter also happens to be the best time to get a skin check. Doctors can find suss looking spots easier because you’re less likely to be tanned. Plus, if you need treatment, you won’t be out in the sun straight after (which can trigger mutations – and sadly not the X Men kind).
Blokes are most likely to get melanoma and the most difficult to get in to see a doctor for anything, let alone a suss looking spot.
We reckon it’s because of two things:
- Most men think they’re bullet-proof. Which also might explain why men have double the incidence of skin cancer than women.
- Seeing a doctor isn’t something men prioritise. Lowering their chances of finding melanoma early. So we’re here to flip that.
Heck yeah!! Beard Season wouldn’t flourish without the support of the wonderful women in our lives – fondly known as… #BeardSeasonGardeners. Those who tend to the facial follicles of friends and family.
Because as we all know, it takes a team to grow a beard, and partners/pals play a very important part in the health and impact of an impactful chin thicket. Coaching them through the itchy stage, making sure they’re looking their best and encouraging them to get out there.
Your hard earned will be used with responsible efficiency, helping us fight melanoma in two massive ways:
- Building on our community of over 80,000 people
- Educating people about how to find melanoma
- Inspiring people to get a skin check with a specialist
- Helping people book a skin check
- Facilitating skin checks at workplaces
- Running pop-up skin checks at events & festivals
NEED MORE CONVINCING?
Here’s some of the milestones we’ve achieved over the years – all with little to no funding. Imagine how much more we can achieve with you and your crew on board!!
PROUDLY ENDORSED BY
”"As a former pale kid who is now a current pale adult with a religious skin check regime, I couldn’t be happier to support Beard Season. I had my own skin cancer scare and it really wasn't pleasant. The more people we can get checked the better. Plus it's given me the perfect excuse to grow a big busy beard. Something that's been on my to-do list for years. A beard which now has the power to save lives!! All it needs is a little super hero cape. If anyone out there can help with that let me know."HAMISH BLAKEONE OF THE BEST BEARDS IN RADIO
”"I’ve experienced so much change over the years. I’ve explored different business opportunities; gone from a single man, to a grandfather of three; moving with the times and technology. One thing, however has remained constant. My beard. After hearing about Beard Season in Sydney I had a skin check and found a couple of things on my shoulder I had no idea I had. This has given my beard so much more meaning and I'm honoured to now call myself an ambassador for the cause.SIR RICHARD BRANSONONE OF THE BEST BEARDS IN BUSINESS
”"As an Aussie who loves the surf and the great outdoors, I'm proud to help Beard Season spread the word. So when I shaved off my mate Sam Hargrave's beard, we dit it live on social media - going out to 25 million people. We encouraged them to get a skin check and it was awesome to see how many people did. What the Beard Season crew are doing really saves lives. Making a huge impact on one of the world's deadliest cancers. A super hero effort if I've ever seen one. So sign up and get involved."CHRIS HEMSWORTHONE OF THE BEST BEARDS IN HOLLYWOOD