For the month of November the UBC Okanagan men’s basketball team put away the razors and let their moustache grow in an effort to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer.
Team captain Steve Morrison was the driving force behind the campaign; his motivation was family and team related saying he started the process “to raise money and bring awareness to particular men's health issues below the belt. My granddad, who was, and is an inspiration and motivation in my life passed of prostate cancer a few years ago and was another motivation for my mo.” The team started off with a modest goal of raising $500 in the month.
This was not just a clever scheme to use the power of the ‘stache to intimidate the opponents on the court. Nor was it a ploy to help their studies with their free time from the inevitable cold shoulder the players would receive from the fairer sex. The Heat grew their moustaches and raised money so quickly that they blew away their initial goal forcing an updated target of $1000.
After the month the team raised a grand total of $1235, the team’s fundraising website can be found here: http://ca.movember.com/mospace/2315196/index/dp/2
“We had some pretty solid mustaches,” notes Morrison, and we also had a few whisker style ‘staches but the goal was to raise money for prostate cancer research and bring awareness to men's health issues as a team. And we were as successful as we could be as a team in doing our part for the cause.
“We also had a lot of fun growing them,” adds Morrison.
For those unaware of how Movember works (from: http://ca.movember.com), 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.
The funds raised in Canada support the number one male cancer, prostate cancer.
The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and our men’s health partner, Prostate Cancer Canada. Together, the two channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.