I was sitting in Chesterfields one day when my friend Dari came in and asked me to participate in Movember – the ritual of growing a moustache for a month to raise awareness and money for prostate cancer. Movember is an international campaign that has been gaining support and attention since it began in Australia in 2003.
Now for most men prostate cancer is at best a touchy subject, especially when you consider the subject being touched. Issues of the butt embarrass most men – we don’t like any attention paid to our butts unless alcohol, curiosity and written consent are involved. But early detection is key with this cancer that affects one in 6 men. So how do we get men to agree to put themselves in an uncomfortable position? The way out of many tight situations is through laughter, and if growing an awesome moustache gets people talking, I say grow that MO!
I rounded up the SuperCider posse because I knew that if this great community would support a cause like drinking cider for a year, surely they would grow a `stach for ass. I wasn’t disappointed. We now have 30 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas on our team, and Picton has turned into our own private IdaMo.
Support so far in the media has been phenomenal: the Picton Gazette and Countylive.ca have both done articles. We believe this may have been what made mayor-elect Peter Mertens bend to the cause, and we’ve finally convinced him to join our team. (Our words of encouragement on Facebook were bordering on harassment.)
The Mo Bros of PEC meet weekly at Chesterfields for a group photo, and we look forward to raising a glass of cider at the Acoustic Grill for “Mo-licious”, a stache-bash, Mo-down, gala celebration of all things Mo on the 30th of November. This is a moustache-only party. Moustaches are available at the door for $10. All proceeds go to prostate cancer. Donations can be made to our PEC Movember team at http://ca.movember.com/
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