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Looking at all the awkward moustaches out there, it’s clear Movember is well underway.
The month-long initiative, which began on November 1, promotes awareness and raises funds for men’s health annually. Each November, men all over the globe grow their finest ‘stashes in solidarity and in support of the cause.
“Men are dying too young. We can’t afford to stay silent. That’s why we’re taking action,” states the Movember Foundation. “We’re addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. In 13 years we’ve funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world. By 2030 we’ll reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25 per cent.”
In Canada, according to the 2014 campaign, there have been 115,358 participants to date, with over $24 million raised for men’s health.
While these funds are raised by individuals or groups (known as Mo Bros and Mo Sistahs), there are events throughout that month which also support Movember. Check out these upcoming Movember events in Toronto.
What: The Great Stache Dash is a family event to raise awareness and funds for Movember Foundation and men’s health issues. It is a 5k and 1k kids run, awesome prizes for the best real or fake moustache for men and women. Movember Foundation will be on site.
Where: Spencer Smith Park, 1400 Lakeshore Road, Burlington
When: November 12
What: Movember and ClickCHANGE have come together for a fashion show showcasing local Toronto brands and some key notes from testicular cancer survivor Sidney Jebran. Expect music, open bar, and snacks.
Where: Movember Headquarters, 588 Richmond Street
When: November 12 at 7 pm
What: A night of fun trivia, food, and drinks all while raising money for Movember Canada! Pick a your team wisely, then compete by answering trivia questions in different categories.
Where: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
When: November 14 at 6 pm
What: The Hip Haus is an organization that exists to empower young professionals in the GTA and help the growth of local business. The Hip Haus is committed to providing FREE social gatherings in an atmosphere where such networking can take place. The Movember addition of the Hip Haus is entry by donation, with barbers on site giving shaves and some of the folks from Movember around to talk everything about men’s health.
Where: Bloke, 401 King Street West
When: November 16 at 5 pm
What: Organized by the George Brown College event team, Montage Media is hosting a pub night in support of the Movember Foundation – with all proceeds go directly to the Movember Foundation.
Where: Bottom Line, 22 Front Street West
When: November 16
What: Check out the 7th annual Movember Challenge Karaoke event as everyone sing songs, drink drinks, and raise funds for the Movember campaign.
Where: Penny’s, 1306 Bloor Street West
When: November 17 at 9 pm
What: The Movember Foundation is collaborating with the fitness community in Toronto to stop men dying too young. On Movember 19th, team up with your favourite fitness instructor to spin the distance from Toronto to Vancouver! Led by a Nike Master Trainer, and Aura’s amazing Group Fitness Manager, this event will bring together Toronto’s fittest and most MOtivated bodies for an afternoon of sweat, prizes, a ton of fun along the way!
Where: Aura Fitness, 382 Yonge Street
When: November 19 at 3 pm
What: Suits and Staches is Movember’s flagship charity gala which strives to promote awareness of men’s health and raise money to help fight the good fight. Selling out in under a week in 2014 & 2015, this is an event you don’t want to miss. A cocktail-style evening featuring an open bar, celebrity guests, live entertainment, light hor d’oeuvres, silent auction and much more. Better yet, 100% of all proceeds go to supporting the Movember Foundation.
Where: Waterworks, 505 Richmond Street
When: November 19 at 7:30 pm
What: Raise the Barre is holding a 1-hour Charity Class. The full body workout is accessible to all fitness levels – no previous experience necessary. Class is just $10 with 50% going directly to Movember!
Where: Barreworks Queen Street, 625 Queen Street West, 3rd Floor
When: November 20 at 1 pm
What: Socialize with like-minded young professional in the heart of Yorkville while raising money for this amazing cause. DJ will be playing Top 40 Mash up and old school through out the night.
Where: Intercontinental Yorkville, 220 Bloor street West
When: November 23
What: An opportunity to show off our Mos after 30 days of grooming (or lack thereof). A get together on the heated rooftop patio and host a BBQ with proceeds going to their Movember Team.
Where: Hemingway’s Bar and Restaurant, 142 Cumberland Street
When: November 23 at 6 pm
What: Know Yourself is an evening of important and courageous conversations about men and mental health. There will be the screening of The Mask You Live In, a documentary which follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating society’s narrow definition of masculinity. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with some incredibly insightful and influential men from Toronto. Good times should follow!
Where: Movember Headquarters, 588 Richmond Street West
When: November 25 at 6:30 pm