Now that November, or should I say Movember, has passed, I can once again start shaving my upper lip. I don’t know about you, but moustaches can be a little scary. Especially when a bunch of seemingly good-looking young men, attempt to grow their first quality ‘stache. Like many, I had visions that this adventure would have me looking like Tom Selleck, but instead, I was left looking rather pervy (no picture needed). The upside to this, and the reason so many men and woman committed to sporting moustaches is to bring awareness and raise funds for Prostate Cancer Canada.
With the entire month dedicated to the growth of lip hair, you can imagine a few events do down along the way. Maybe it’s just a few much needed self-esteem parties, but a quick look through Twitter and I could find at least one each week. Sarah and I were more than happy to help out where we could as well as participate in the glory of the Mo. After all, if I was going to look a little (or a lot) ridiculous for a month, we might as well go out and see how fantastic our fellow mo-bro’s and mo-sistas were doing.
One said event was, which was organized by the MovemberYEG team, was at Original Joe’s Varsity. The staff at this location seem to be quite hip to the social networking world and were gracious hosts and participants in Movember. The night included everything from pin the mo on Tom, to milk chugging. I have to say, Sarah did pretty darn good in the chugging. I on the other hand, was spun around a few too many times and missed Tom Selleck’s face by a mile.
Of course, there was food on this night and the table saw a solid portion of nachos and hummus. The nachos were mixed well but could have used a bit more cheese. I’m a sucker for a plate of nachos where the chef mixes the toppings throughout; is there anything worse than a pile of chips with just the top layer getting any love. The hummus saw a play on the normal as they gave it a balsamic glaze, making it strangely addictive. The sliced pitas worked well as a vessel, but the hummus was so thick that you had to scoop and dig with a proper utensil.
Another event, was last Monday’s Manliest Cupcake Competition. Hosted at the lovely Transcend Garneau, a group of locals got down to business and concocted their plans. Not entirely sure if I could compete with local cupcake establishments and skilled bakers, I changed my plan a few days before. Instead of something sweet, I would throw the curve ball and go savory.
As Sarah and I pulled up, we saw a table full of beautiful creations. From the Edmonton Eskimo and Oilers cupcakes created by Upper Crust to the cheddar and bacon cupcakes courtesy of Jerry Aulenbach; there was some serious competition. Our judges for the evening were City TV’s Ryan Jespersen, Edmonton Journal Editor Kerry Powell, Local Blogger Sharon Yeo, Clear Skies Owner Seth Glick, and Food Consultant/Proprietor/All Round Good Guy Nate Box. After a round of explanations, the judges did their thing.
Sarah and I, like every other visitor, tried to hold back our jealousy as the judges were given free reign over the table of treats. Good thing the contestants had to prepare so many, because as the judges tallied their votes, the masses were able to converge on the leftovers. I have to say, I was lucky enough to place third, and can’t thank my fellow participants enough for the night. A big congratulation goes out to Linda Affolder, who place first with her rich Stud Muffin cake, and Chad Moss, who placed second with his Beetdown Mo-cake. Well done to you both, and everyone who came out!
After a month of growth and more than a few strange looks, I’m glad I made the commitment. The creators of this month long awareness program have established a way for everyone to participate, and for the important prostate cancer conversations to last longer than one day. Plus moustaches have a few extra bonuses; they add years to your age (good if you are young), they store food and possibly drink for later in the day, they keep your upper lip warm while providing company…I’m sure the list goes on.
A little information about Movember –
The Mo, slang for moustache, and November come together each year for Movember.
Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for prostate cancer. Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.
The idea for Movember was sparked in 2003 over a few beers in Melbourne, Australia. The plan was simple – to bring the moustache back as a bit of a joke and do something for men’s health. No money was raised in 2003, but the guys behind the Mo realized the potential a moustache had in generating conversations about men’s health. Inspired by the women around them and all they had done for breast cancer, the Mo Bros set themselves on a course to create a global men’s health movement.
In 2004 the campaign evolved and focused on raising awareness and funds for the number one cancer affecting men – prostate cancer. 432 Mo Bros joined the movement that year, raising $55,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia – representing the single largest donation they had ever received.
The Movember moustache has continued to grow year after year, expanding to Canada, the US, UK, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, the Netherlands and Finland.
In 2009, global participation of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas climbed to 255,755, with over one million donors raising $47 Million for Movember’s global beneficiary partners. We are proud to announce that last year’s Canadian campaign was the second largest in the world behind Australia, with 35,156 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas coming together to raise $7.8 million for Prostate Cancer Canada.