Daily Archives: November 5, 2010

Moustache: The Right Move for Movember

Does the world really need mo’ moustaches? Well, at the very least we need mo’ prostate cancer research. And that’s why we need Movember.

Movember is a month-long event in which men formerly known as clean-shaven grow moustaches to raise awareness and money for prostate cancer research. It actually started as a joke over beers – of course it did – but now Movember is an annual fundraiser in ten countries around the world.

Over here, the money raised goes to Prostate Cancer Canada. According to this agency’s stats, one in six men in this country will learn they have prostate cancer, and 4,400 will die of it this year alone. Awareness and medical breakthroughs are desperately needed.

Men aren’t known for having in-depth conversations about their prostates, so I think attaching this important health issue to a facial hair contest is actually not a bad way to get attention.

Four people I know have already declared their commitment to a handlebar, a fu manchu, a pencil or some other oh-so-fashionable ‘stache. I’ve posted a couple of their starter pics below. I’m holding out for follow-up photos in full moustache by month’s end.

Every Movember participant has his own space on the website. Visit http://ca.movember.com to search for your own hairy friends and sponsor their efforts. Remember, it’s like it says on the website: Every moustache makes a difference. Now haven’t you waited your whole life for a catchy tagline like that?

According to Alex, growing a moustache is a choice, getting prostate cancer is not. Visit his fundraising page at http://ca.movember.com/mospace/902052.

What’s your mo’-tivation? Tim: “I'm doing the Movember thing because my Dad had prostate cancer last year.” His fundraising page can be found here: http://ca.movember.com/mospace/1066700.