Movember Moustaches in Full Bloom

Published: November 24th 2010
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David Lipnowski of Winnipeg with a before and after shot
Pic: David Lipnowski
Ari Shortt with his handlebar moustache in Vancouver
Pic: Ari Shortt
Ben Feferman of the Chosen Mo's in Toronto
Pic: Ben Feferman

If you have noticed an odd accumulation of facial hair in the month of November for the last few years, it's not a coincidence.


Since 2003, the Movember Foundation has raised money across the globe (including primarily in Canada, the United States, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland), for prostate cancer research and initiatives.


Those participating are called "Mo Brothers" (or Sisters, for girls putting on fake Mo's and getting into the spirit), using the Australian slang word for moustache, the country where the campaign began.


Canada saw a 273 per cent jump in registration from 2008 to 2009, from 9,398 participants in 2008, to 35,035 last year and an of yet unofficially calculated growth yet again this year. The United States saw a 303 per cent increase to 28,223 last year, meaning per capita, Canadians are growing a lot more facial hair to the tune of Tom Sellick.


Altogether last year, 255,722 men and women around the world raised 42 million Canadian dollars, and as November is reaching it's end again this year, the goal is to exceed last year's amazing total.


In Toronto, Ben Feferman is the captain of the "Chosen Mo's" and is a returning participant.


"Last year I got involved with Movember because I thought it was funny to grow a mustache," said Feferman. "Fashion is cyclical, but for some reason, the mustache has never made a comeback. So when so many young men start growing their mustaches', people start to take notice. That's why I think Movember has become so popular."


Prostate cancer affects 1 in 6 men in Canada, but is treatable if detected early. The Movember Foundation Canada points out the important need to "change the face of men's health."


The official website says: "By and large, men are known to be more apathetic towards their health, especially when compared to the efforts of women, who proactively and publicly address their health issues in a way not traditionally seen with men. The result is that today the levels of awareness, understanding, and funding for support of male health issues, like prostate cancer, lag significantly behind causes such as breast cancer."


The reasons for this are varied, but by raising funds in Movember, a lot has already been accomplished.


The look may remind people of faces such as Sasha Baron Cohen's "Borat" character, but hey, what's wrong with looking like a celebrity, right?


Outside of Toronto, young men in Jewish communities are really getting on board, such as David Lipnowski in Winnipeg. He is a professional photographer and has taken several pictures of his Movember effort over the last couple of campaigns.


His donation page is here.  As a representative of the west coast in Vancouver, Ari Shortt is sporting the handle bar look and his donation page is here.  The donation page for Ben Feferman and the Chosen Mo's is here



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