Mo ’moustaches, mo’ money Movember campaign kicks off
Men across the world are braced against the cold with their newly shaved baby faces for the annual Movember campaign.
“I feel like I look like I’m 30 years younger without the moustache. It is definitely different,” said Greg Lawrence, MLA Wakamow Valley.
“I miss having the moustache. It will be coming back. I haven’t decided if I’m growing to grow the beard back with it or a handle bar moustache or a goatee.”
The Movember Foundation is a charity tackling the issue of men’s health on a global scale, year round. They specifically address prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention. The idea is to have men shave their moustaches at the beginning of the month, and then let them grow out to raise awareness of the cause.
Since 2003, they have raised $839 million to fund 1,200 men’s health projects in 21 countries.
Lawrence is an avid participant in the Movember campaign.
He has teamed up with Greg Ottenbreit, minister responsible for rural and remote health, and Lyle Stewart, minister responsible for Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation, among others in the Saskatchewan Party caucus.
The Movember Foundation seeks to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25 per cent.
Men don’t take good care of themselves for the most part. I think it’s really important for men to not be afraid to talk about their health issues. Greg Lawrence, MLA Wakamow Valley
The foundation states that one in eight Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young Canadian men aged 15 to 29 years, one in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem, three out of four suicide deaths are by men and eight men die by suicide in Canada every day.
The Moose Jaw and District EMS has also joined in on the cause.
“We thought as a group we would get together and try to do some fundraising together and bring some better awareness to the Moose Jaw area,” said Corey McNeice, advanced care paramedic for Moose Jaw EMS.
The EMS department has a group of nine staff members participating. McNeice said it was odd looking at his coworkers, specifically Michael Slater, without any facial hair.
“He shaved completely to nothing, clean shaven for the first time in 20 years and he’ll be growing a moustache for the month,” McNeice said. “Seeing him was quite a surprising. I was bugging him saying he had facial features I’ve never seen before.”
EMS will be doing a giveaway through their Facebook and Twitter accounts.
“We’re going to be giving away a gift card to the best moustaches. We’re going to try to get more people in the community involved as well by sending us their moustaches for us to vote on,” said McNeice.
The Moose Jaw Fire Department is also participating in the campaign. They plan to organize an official campaign on the Movember Foundation website, as have EMS and Lawrence. The MLA hopes more men take care of their health in all aspects.
“Men don’t take good care of themselves for the most part. I think it’s really important for men to not be afraid to talk about their health issues, whether it be mental health or cancer,” he said.
The Moose Jaw and District EMS will be participating in the Movember campaign.
The Moose Jaw and District Paramedic Services will be doing a giveaway on their Facebook and Twitter pages.