What began as a unique way for a group of buddies to bring the moustache back into style has become a global initiative to raise funds and awareness for men’s health.
During the month of November — also known as Movember — men’s faces around the city and province will soon start to get a little fuller above their top lips in an effort to raise funds, awareness and, most importantly, get men talking about their health.
"Men don’t often talk their health and Movember helps provide an easy way to start the conversation," says Movember Winnipeg co-chair and area resident Jamie Hopkins.
"Although big steps have been taken towards changing attitudes and habits relating to men’s health, there is still much to be done."
This year’s campaign focuses on Prostate Cancer Canada, Canadians Men’s Health Network and the Testicular Project. To get involved, men shave clean on Nov. 1, register as individuals or part of a team, raise funds, and grow the best ’stache they can.
"We are having a big shave-off event at Red River College’s downtown campus and a number of other events throughout the month including a pro-Am Curling Bonspiel, gala dinner, group yoga event, and a big finale at the Pyramid Cabaret," Hopkins aid.
Women can participate in the Movember event as well by fundraising themselves, encouraging men to get involved and most importantly getting men to talk about their health.
"Women, or Mo’Sista’s are a huge part of the campaign," Hopkins said "Even if it’s just complimenting guys on their moustaches — even those that look a little sparse — it goes a long way to boost a guy’s confidence."
In Manitoba, last year’s Movember had over 7,000 participants and raised $950,000.
"This year we want to break the $1 million mark but we need everyone to get behind the event to reach it. Even if you just register yourself and pledge $20, that helps us reach our goal," Hopkins said
For more details, to get involved, and to donate, go to the Movember Winnipeg Facebook page or movember.com or follow @movemberwinnipeg on Twitter.