Get your ‘Mo’ on for charity

Grow a moustache to raise money for the cancer society 
 

Whether it’s a crossbar, trucker, rock star or handlebar, moustaches are all the rage next month. 

During “MOvember,” men are encouraged to put away their razors and grow out their best moustache to support the Cayman Islands Cancer Society. 

The annual month-long event helps to raise awareness of and money for men’s health issues, including prostate and testicular cancer, with all proceeds going to the cancer society.  

A host of events are planned leading up to the final event – the MOsquerade Ball – where prizes will be awarded for the best “Mo.” 

Last year, more than 200 people registered, with the MOsquerade Ball attracting in excess of 600 people. Participants are encouraged to secure sponsorship from friends, family and work colleagues to encourage them to keep growing their moustache, and, of course, to help raise further funds.  

Tim Rossiter, MOvember founder and chairman, said the initiative aims to give men the opportunity and confidence to talk about their health more openly, while also helping to raise the levels of awareness and understanding of men’s health issues, which are often not publicly and proactively addressed.  

“Men are often reluctant to confront their health issues, and MOvember aims to reverse this way of thinking by putting a fun twist on a serious issue,” Rossiter said.  

“The focus has always been awareness rather than pure fundraising. However, we have managed to raise a considerable amount, and we are the largest contributor to the new Chemotherapy Unit that has just been built … and the HSA [Health Services Authority].”  

Since the first MOvember event in 2005, more than $500,000 has been raised for the cancer society, with the amount increasing year on year.  

“We have been doing this in Cayman for 10 years now,” Rossiter added. “In one sense it doesn’t feel like it, in another it feels like it has always been a big part of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society fundraising.”  

Saturday, Nov. 1 

The MO’pening Night, at Royal Palms from 5 p.m. Guys sign up, pay a $25 registration fee and get a commemorative T-shirt. Participants can get expertly shaven by professionals too. If you can’t grow a moustache, you can take part in the MO’Mile at 6 p.m., a sunset walk along Seven Mile Beach to help launch the event. MO-bros in the Eastern Districts can sign up at Tukka Restaurant on Nov. 2 from 11:30 a.m. 

Thursday, Nov. 13  

The MO Info Health Info Night. In conjunction with Lions International and the cancer society, men can get all the health information they need from health professionals. They can also get tested for free. At the Lions Community Center, 7-9 p.m. 

Friday, Nov. 21  

The MO’pen Golf Classic at the North Sound Golf Course, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Saturday, Nov. 29  

The MOsquerade Ball at The Waterfront Urban Diner, Camana Bay, 7-11:30 p.m. Competition in various categories to find out who wins the Golden Comb as Man of MOvember 2014. 

For more details and to register, visit movember.ky.  

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Mark Robson, Mike Johnston and Larry Cayaso show off their carefully groomed moustaches at last year’s MOvember event.

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Which moustache will you don?