Two hundred and seventy-two

Happy Movember!
(not a specific day, but every day for the whole month)

It’s that month again that some of my girl friends hate (quote: “oh god… movember. Time to keep my eyes on the ground while walking around the city”) and others wear t-shirts with “Mo lovin’” across the front.  The month where men start clean-shaven and slowly grow hair on their upper lip to raise funds and awareness of the often ignored issues of men’s health, specifically prostate cancer.

The ‘staches are in full glory now in the last week of November.  The stubble has slowly become less of a five o’clock shadow and more of a moustache.  The trimming, grooming, and waxing has taken place. It could be any of the many types of moustaches:

a handlebar (bushy and must be worn long enough to curl the ends upward, which is usually achieved with styling wax);

a pencil (thin, narrow, closely clipped mustache that outlines the upper lip);

a chevron (thick and wide mustache, usually worn long to cover the top border of the upper lip);

a horseshoe (full moustache with vertical extensions grown on the corners of the lips and down the sides of the mouth to the jawline, resembling an upside-down horseshoe);

a walrus (large, bushy, droopy mustache that hangs down over the lips, often entirely covering the mouth);

or a unique creation (descriptions and images from AmericanMustacheInstitute.org).

Movember began in Melbourne, Australia in 2003 and since then has grown into a global movement, inspiring nearly 1.1 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate.  In 2010, almost 119,000 Canadian Mo Bros and Sistas raised $22.3 million CAD. More information at ca.movember.com.

There are tons of events around the world to celebrate Movember.  Take a look at the Movember Canada website for events near you.  You can also donate money to prostate cancer research by giving through a specific friend, a team or a general donation.

Here are some photos of my co-workers’ “mo”s:

Andrew

Mike

Brett

Andrew

Happy Movember!  Gentlemen, enjoy your ‘staches for the last few days.  And ladies enjoy the view… or count the days until it’s over!