Men across Cayman will be putting away their razors and growing the hair on their upper lips into a dazzling array of carefully quaffed moustaches during November.
It’s all in aid of MOvember, a month-long event-filled initiative, which aims to raise awareness for men’s health issues, in particular male-specific cancers.
Throughout the month, there will be a host of fun events leading up to the grand finale – the MOsquerade Ball on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 7 p.m. at Royal Palms. Prizes and awards will be handed out for the best moustache grown during the month. Categories include the Trucker, Magnum, and the Barely Mo for those lacking in the facial hair department. The women – or Mo Sisters – can join in the fun too, with prizes for the most imaginative fake moustaches. There are also prizes for the costume that best showcases your Mo to the max.
The fun kicks off with the MOpening Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 1, at Royal Palms, from 6 p.m. Shaving stations will be offering straight blade shaves for $10, so everyone can start growing their Mo from scratch. There will be drink specials throughout the night, local DJs spinning the hits, and MOvember T-shirts on sale for $25.
On Saturday, Nov. 2, Royal Palms hosts a family fun day from noon, and on Sunday, Nov. 3, a MOPening Brunch will be held at Tukka restaurant, East End. During both events, there will be chances to sign up to grow your Mo.
On Thursday, Nov. 14, a health information night will be held at the Lion’s Center, from 7 to 9 p.m. Golfing enthusiasts should mark their calendars on Friday, Nov. 22, for the MOpen tournament at the North Sound Golf Club.
Last year, more than 200 people registered, with the MOsquerade Ball attracting in excess of 600 people. Participants are encouraged to gain sponsorship from friends, family and work colleagues to encourage them to keep growing their MO, and, of course, help raise further funds.
Now in its ninth year, MOvember has raised more than $500,000 in support of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society. This year, organizers hope to raise more than $50,000, with a portion of proceeds earmarked for the chemotherapy unit being built at the Cayman Islands Hospital.
Focus on men’s health
Tim Rossiter, MOvember founder and chairman, said that men are often known to be more indifferent toward their health compared to women, who proactively and publicly address their health issues. As a result, the levels of awareness, understanding and funding for men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, lag significantly behind other causes.
“MOvember aims to change the face of men’s health and reverse this way of thinking by putting a fun twist on a serious issue,” Rossiter said. “Using the moustache as a catalyst, we want to bring about change and give men the opportunity and confidence to talk about their health more openly.
“Studies have found that men in Cayman, and among the African Caribbean population in general, are three times more likely to develop prostate cancer than their Caucasian brothers, which makes our mission all the more pertinent to the region.”
For more information on MOvember, registration details, and tips on growing the perfect MO, visit movember.ky.