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Nov.1, is the official kick-off to Movember, where men grow moustaches to raise awareness
and funds for prostate cancer and mental health inititives.
The Movember movement has come a long way since its humble beginnings of 30 Australians deciding to grow moustaches for 30 days back in 2004 for prostate cancer and mental health awareness for men.
Since then, Movember has raised nearly $130 million globally, and according to Movember Canada, “as of 2011, Canadians were the largest contributors to the Movember charities of any nation.”
Men in Moose Jaw are no exception, with companies getting behind the charity; and spurring others to join along the way.
Royal Bank’s (RBC) Moose Jaw branch manager Peter Hleck is so inspired by the cause, he already has an eight man team ready for the challenge. “It should be interesting as we have some ‘moustache challenged’ team members,” Hleck told the Times-Herald. “Speaking of challenged, to add more awareness we are officially challenging other financial institutions to put a team together to help with the cause.”
TD Moose Jaw branch manager, Don Findlay was quick to respond to Hleck’s remarks. “You can let (RBC) know I already have three staff members lined up and we accept the challenge.”
Since 2004, the Movember Foundation charity has run Movember events to raise awareness and funds for men's health issues, such as prostate cancer and depression, in Australia and New Zealand. In 2007, events were launched in Ireland, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, the United Kingdom, Israel, South Africa, Taiwan and the United States.
RBC financial planner Adam Dowling told the Times-Herald they have an extra incentive up their sleeves to raise funds. “We were able to get a couple of official Movember Sher-Wood hockey sticks to raffle off to raise even more funds.”
Dowling said he’s a big fan of the charity due to the need and fun behind the cause.
“It’s the only time my wife will let me grow a moustache and it raises money for a great cause at the same time.”
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