Mustaches, that were once a popular accessory for men, have nearly become a think of the past. Except that is for the month of November which has affectionately become known as “Movember”. The month of “Mos” began in Australia in 2003, and has become the reason behind the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in Canada and around the world.
Mustache wearing men all across the world have banded together to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer.
On November 1st, men are encouraged to begin the month with a clean-shaven face and then try to grow the best ‘stache by the end of the month. According to Movember.com, guys may register online and for the rest of the month, “these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery.”
“Through their actions and words, they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.” reports the website.
In support of the Movember Foundation, the Coronach Merchant senior hockey team initiated a fund-raising campaign for the week of November 12-19. A donation jar was set up for local hockey games for the week before the Merchant’s final home game of November, on the 19.
Those in the crowd on November 19 that were growing mustaches for Movember were invited up to the Coronach Curling Club to award a prize the best mustache thus far in November.
A group of female fans were in charge of judging and ten contestants lined up for the judging. The girls awarded third place to Derek Adam, second place to Chris Monteyne and first place to Cody Hansen. Hansen was awarded a $20 cash prize from the Merchants, which he donated back to the Movember Foundation. The Merchants donated $90 to the Foundation.
Since 2004, the Movember Foundation charity has run Movember events to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and depression, in Australia and New Zealand.
After its beginnings in Australia, the movement spread from down under to South Africa and Europe, and five years ago it reached American shores.
Since its humble beginnings in Melbourne Australia, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 1.1 Million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate, with formal campaigns in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa and Ireland. In addition, Movember is aware of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas supporting the campaign and men’s health cause across the globe, from Russia to Dubai, Hong Kong to Antarctica, Rio de Janeiro to Mumbai, and everywhere in between.
The funds raised in Canada support the number one male cancer, prostate cancer.