Movember: get hairy for cancer

Movember, the month formerly known as November, is upon us and facial hair on men, or perhaps in some cases fuzz, is set to become a new fashion statement in the Cayman Islands.

Movember is a month long event during which time men are sponsored to grow and groom moustaches with all proceeds benefitting the Cayman Islands Cancer Society. Specifically, proceeds are dedicated to increasing awareness of men’s cancer issues and assisting with treatment-related expenses of men with prostate cancer.

There will be a series of events planned during the month, kicking off with Mopening Ceremony on 1 Movember at Calico Jacks.

Organisers warn that head-starts on moustaches are not allowed – participants must be clean-shaven on 1 Movember. This can be arranged at the Mopening Ceremony as there will be a master shaver on hand to shear your whiskers. Official clean-shaven ‘before’ photographs will also be taken at this time.

The month will end with the Masquerade Ball at District 6 on 29 Movember. Prizes will be awarded for the best moustache in five categories – Trucker, Magnum PI, Sexiest Mo, U12 and Open. The winners of each category will be finalists in the ultimate competition Man of Movember.

Additionally, prizes will be awarded in two other categories, one recognizing the female support and earning one lucky lady the title of MO SISTA of the month and the second to recognize the MO BRO or MO SISTA who is the most successful fundraiser of Movember. The winners of each category will be finalists in the ultimate competition Man of Movember.

Other events during the month include Mid-Month Movember Madness at Coconut Joes on 15 Movember. This will provide MO BROS with an opportunity to compare growth patterns and rates and MO SISTAS will be able to share support tips.

The organizers have created a page on Facebook (Movember Cayman) and registration and sponsorship forms are available from that site. Forms are also available from the Cayman Islands Cancer Society office on Maple Road. Registration costs $25 and participants are then encouraged to seek sponsorship and support from their friends, foes and colleagues.

Movember originally started in Australia and has since spread around the world. This will be the third year that residents of the Cayman Islands will have the opportunity to participate in their own Movember event. The event is organized by MO BROS Joe Margison and Tim Rossiter, with assistance from the Cancer Society’s MO BROS and MO SISTAS.

Cayman Distributors is an official Movember sponsor and all Movember events will feature drink specials courtesy of Cayman Distributors and Blackbeards.

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For more information please contact the Cayman Islands Cancer Society at 949-7618 or email [email protected]. You may also email [email protected].