It’s that time of the year again when the men of the Cayman Islands put down their razors and grow impressive moustaches to raise awareness about cancer.
November is renamed MOvember every year to raise awareness about prostate, colon and other common male cancers and to raise money for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.
Last Thursday, MOvember volunteers either showed up freshly shaved or offered their hairy chins and upper lips to barbers to shave at Aqua Beach at the big shave-off that marks the start of the month of events that culminate in a MOsquerade Ball on Friday, 30 November at Elements.
At the MOsquerade Ball, prizes will be awarded for the biggest, craziest, weirdest and wackiest moustaches.
Events throughout the month include the MOvember Meatfest at Dukes on West Bay Road, opposite Public Beach, from 6pm on Saturday, 17 November; the MOpen golf tournament at the North Sound Club from 8am to 1pm on Friday, 23 November; Corporate Touch Rugby six-a-side tournament at the Cayman Rugby Club in South Sound on Saturday, 24 November.
A major annual male cancers awareness meeting that is held every MOvember has been postponed to later this month.
The meeting hosted by the Cayman Islands Cancer Society and the Lions Club of Grand Cayman at the Lions Centre had been scheduled for Thursday, 9 November, but will now be held on Thursday, 29 November instead, said Jennifer Weber, operations manager of the Cancer Society.
“The new date will come with MO fun and MO prizes at the InfoMOtion night! We’ll provide free on-site PSA test, which is just a blood draw test, that evening and we’ll have a prize drawing to win a free colonoscopy valued at $1,500- $2,000,” Ms Weber said.
Doctors from Johns Hopkins hospital will make presentations at the information evening.
“This initiative is one of several we do with our friends and partners at the Lions Club and is designed to attract men who don’t usually seek medical attention so they aren’t on any radar screens at all. Last year, about 100 men attended,” Ms Weber said.