As we approach mid-November, and as Vancouver men’s moustaches begin taking over their facial landscapes, it is a good to time reflect on the reason some men have put down their razors for the month now known as “Movember.” Movember is putting a face to the most common cancer among Canadian men, prostate cancer.
According to the Canadian Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the third leading cause of death from cancer in men in Canada. In 2013, it is estimated that 23,600 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and about 10 per cent will not survive the battle with the disease. On average, the Canadian Cancer Society states that 65 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer every day.
As for Movember, it was born eleven years ago, when two mates in Melbourne, Australia, challenged each other to grow a moustache during the month of November. After recruiting the support of 30 friends, they experienced a month of inquisitive conversation, and realized the power of the Mo as a conversation starter. And thus, Movember was created as means to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues. The month-long event is now widely observed, with over 200,000 Canadian participants annually. In 2012, Canadians raised $42.6 million, with funds directed to Prostate Cancer Canada and Movember Foundation Programs.
Besides the individual Movember pages that many awesome Mo-bros and Mo-sistahs have set up for fundraising, here are some local Movember events to help unite the Mo-hood, raise some funds, spread the word and have some fun!
Where: Save On Meats – 1 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
Details: The Mofficials are at it again! $20 gets you a burger, a beer and free cover to the after party at The Portside Pub. This event includes raffle and door prizes (including Canucks tickets) and prizes for your Mo’s! All proceeds go directly to the Mofficials Movember Campaign.
Where: Brockton Pavillion – 1151 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
Details: The Moustache Miler has arrived in Vancouver! Register online & join the fun run through Stanley Park to raise awareness and donations for Movember. All net proceeds from the Moustache Miler 2013 will go to Movember Canada.
Where: The Commodore – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Details: Get ready for an ultimate Mo party! The official Movember Gala lands at the Commodore and $20 gets you in. There will be titles being awarded to the most deserving in: Ultimate Mo, Lame Mo, Team Mo, Mo Bro & Mo Sista, Best Mo in Character, Miss Movember, and Man of Movember. Judges will look for nominees from 8 p.m – 9 p.m so don’t be late! Tickets can be snagged here.
Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
Details: The fourth annual Movember Mo-off takes place at the Biltmore on November 30th. The event will feature a moustache contest, shaving stations, prizes, photobooths and live music. Don’t miss this chance to party your hairs off! There will be a free Steam Whistle beer for the first 50 people to arrive! Tickets are $10 with all proceeds going to Movember Canada. If You’re not able to attend but would like to donate, you can donate here.
Know of any other events happening? Leave them in the comments below!
And on behalf of women in Vancouver, thank you for your staches, men! You are rocking handsomeness and we happily salute you. Happy Movember!
Images: Movember Media Room
DH Vancouver Staff
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