Robert L. Peters

24 November 2011

Movember!

Winnipeg, Canada

For the past 24 days I have been growing untrimmed hair above my upper lip—an unusual experience for me in this millennium, to be sure… (I used to sport a full beard every winter, before Y2K). It’s somewhat alien, I’ll admit (and my girlfriend’s not all that keen on how it feels, truth be known).

Why? In a word: Movember.

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in Canada and around the world. With their “Mo’s,” these men raise vital funds and awareness for mens’ health, specifically prostate cancer.

On Movember 1st, guys register at Movember.com with a clean-shaven face. 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. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words, they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of mens’ health.

Thanks to my Circle colleague Carisa for the supportive image shown above (Mo Bros love Mo Sistas, what can I say?). I’d be delighted if you felt drawn to make a donation to the cause on my behalf.  Another Circle colleague, Adrian, is also growing a wicked “Mo,” and you can express your tangible support for “the cause” by contributing to his pledge here.

 

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