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Movember’s Moustaches fundraise for men’s health

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Jordan Roper shows off his stellar stach to support men’s health for Movember. Photo by Jake Hewer

The month of the mo is back and that means moustaches will once again warm upper lips by the plenty to support men’s health.

Movember, the month formally known as November, started back in 2003 and is “all about bringing back the moustache, having fun and doing it for a serious cause,” according to the official site.

“A serious cause” means raising funds for men’s health – specifically prostate cancer and mental health, which is a new cause added just this year.

Moustaches raise millions for men’s health

Movember raised $125.7 million during last year’s fundraiser, with funds coming from all over the word. Countries like Australia, Norway, Finland and Spain all grew crumb catchers to help the cause.

Canada alone raised over $40 million in 2011 with 89.6 per cent of funds going to men’s health programs, while the rest was used to cover fundraising and administrative costs.

“It’s a great way to build awareness,” said Langara student Albert Soo. “People who have no idea will usually ask about the stache and you can tell them all about it.”

The month of Movember is built around four main areas of focus: awareness, education, survivorship and research.

Movember events in Vancouver

Last year to celebrate the cause, Vancouver hosted a variety of events around the city.

Granville Island Brewing held a photo contest for the best upper lip plumage while Rickard’s started selling moustached beer cans.

There was also a ‘Mo-Off’ concert held at the Biltmore Cabaret with live music and the official Movember wrap up party that took place at the Commodore Ballroom.

“I think it’s cool because it’s something guys can do to support prostate cancer research,” said Langara criminology student Lucas Hundal. “It can start conversations easily and it’s just good for spreading the word.”

Show off your mo for a good cause

This year the wrap up party, known as The Official Movember Gala Parté, will be at 8 p.m. on Nov. 28. The Commodore Ballroom will be hosting the party once again and everyone is encouraged to come down and show off their epic face furniture. Tickets are available now for $20.

If you want to start fundraising and looking for sponsorships with your mighty soup strainer just head to Movember’s official website and sign up there. Even if you don’t feel like growing a lip hat, or if you’re a ‘Mo-Sista’, you can still donate to the cause online.

Slideshow features images of Langara students posing with their stellar staches, and images from last year’s Official Movember Gala Parté. School stache photos by Jake Hewer, Gala Parté photos courtesy of the Commodore Ballroom.

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 Reported by Jake Hewer

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