“So youâ€™ve decided to be awesome,” his post from Movember 2006 begins. I first heard about Movember a few years ago thanks to Kris Krug, who at the time I thought just had a thing for growing his facial hair out like wild (and harbored a unique obsession with mutton chops).
“Movember (the month formerly known as November) is a charity event held during November each year. At the start of Movember guys register with a clean shaven face. The Movember participants, known as Mo Bros, have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their moustache, raising money and awareness along the way.”
The point of letting it all grow out for Movember is to have fun and raise money and awareness for men’s health causes. “Men lack awareness about the very real health issue they face…. The aim of Movember is to change this attitude. Make men’s health fun by putting the moustache back on the face of Canadian men and raising some serious funds for prostate cancer.”
This year the Canadian Movember movement (it is international) is supporting the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation of Canada.
Yesterday during my weekly guest spot on Talk1410am’s Afternoon Buzz with Val and Patrick I mentioned that it was Movember – and they were way ahead of me as they already had “before” pictures of several staff members posted on their site. They were even talking about Movember on Breakfast Television (although I could have used without the super close-up of upper lip hair that early in the morning).
It’s not to late to sign up and start raising funds, you’ll just have to make up for a few lost days. You could even join a team, like Team BlueFur, headed by Gary Jones or simply donate to the cause.
Kris warns, “Youâ€™re likely to hear things like: ‘Mine will look ugly’, ‘My office wonâ€™t allow it’. ‘My girlfriend/wife/casual bed-friend has banned moustaches from our common living space.’ Stand strong Brothers and Sistas. Be brave.”
Vancouver’s Movember Gala Partay (prior to ‘the big shave’) will take place November 27th at The Caprice nightclub on Granville.