The moustachioed masses were out in full swing on Friday, 28 November for the annual MOvember event held at Margaritaville.
The evening marked the culmination of the MOvember campaign, which aims to raise awareness about men’s health and prostate cancer in particular.
Organiser Tim Rossiter and his committee of Shelly Cox, Karen Hart, Mike Johnston, Richard Sawle-Thomas, Andrew Cousins, amd Ron Hargrave, were thrilled the event was such a hit, the fifth year it was held and culminating in the biggest party to date.
‘We had over 500 people in attendance, with 150 participants, and we raised close to $40,000 so far, although some funds are still coming in,’ said Mr. Rossiter.
‘The goal was $35,000 as last year we raised $30,000, and we were so thrilled that considering these economic circumstances thanks to the hard work of all who took part and our main sponsors Budweiser and Cayman Distributors, Telecayman, and X107 the amount we raised was well beyond our wildest hopes.’
The MOst Individual Sponsorship went to Paul Lumsden for his donation of $5,000 and the MOst Corporate Sponsorship award went to Maples and Calder which donated $10,000.
The top moustache prize went to freestyle category winner Andrew Ledger attired as a Genie complete with magic carpet who beat out the top contestants in five other categories. He took home the Golden Comb handed over by last year’s winner Dave Merrick, himself back in full form as hockey player Johnny Canuck who tied for first in the Ginger category.
‘The event seems to gather a larger group each year and we are thrilled at the opportunity it gives us to share our knowledge and boost awareness of men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer,’ said Emma Hislop of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.
‘We encourage men to have a discussion with their doctor about prostate cancer screening at the age of 50. Those who are in a higher risk category should have this discussion by the age of 40. Prostate cancer is highly curable when detected and treated early so make that appointment,’ she said.
‘We would like to send a huge thank you to the Movember organisers, the sponsors, the volunteers, the participants and everyone else that helped in the success of this year’s event!’