Tuesday, November 20, 2012

It's Mid Movember

Each year in November, men grow moustaches to raise money for male issues like prostate cancer and men's mental health. Their motto is "change the face of men's health".

The race to create the the most unique, the scariest, or even the most ornate "mo" begins on the first day of the month and ends on the first of the following month. Celebrities, athletes, politicians and everyday people participate in this event. Movember has snowballed over the last few years and the moustache race goes on in many parts of the world. Individuals can get together with friends and colleagues and form teams, getting sponsorship for their entire group.

There are rules.

This fund raiser has also become a booming business. Stores carry shirts, stickers, art, jewellery and other paraphernalia featuring a variety of mo's. Even little guys whose parents prefer they not yet
grow facial hair, are included.

I first became aware of Movember a few years ago, when one of my favourite people participated in fund raising. Unfortunately, he's forgotten to shave ever since.

Some of our more well known political figures have also done their part. In this case, he did opt to shave afterward. (pictures from MacLean's Magazine)


I've heard that women are joining some of the fund raising teams by making November a non shaving month. That will certainly help keep their socks up in the colder weather.

This fund raiser has done a lot of good since its inception. It seems to be gaining in popularity, not only raising funds, but awareness of this cause.

Without taking away from the serious issue of men's health,  I would like to share this amusing post I saw on Facebook today.

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