Grow your MO this MOvember

With the recent passing of Burt Reynolds, it seems that this MOvember, more than ever, men should be sporting their MOs (moustaches) with pride. MOvember is an annual international fundraising effort that also raises awareness about cancers that affect men.

The Cayman Islands has been a participant for many years now and more men sign up annually with the goal of growing the most majestic MO of the bunch.

So how does MOvember work? Participants sign up and get sponsorship from friends and family. At the same time as collecting money, the registered males must cultivate and lovingly groom the hair sprouting on their upper lip for the final competition night on Nov. 30.

The official registration night – or MOpening Night, as it is called – is happening on Nov. 1 at King’s Head Pub in Camana Bay. From 5:30-10:30 p.m., gentlemen can file in and sign up, get their sponsorship forms and maybe even ask advice on how they can grow an impressive MO.

On Nov. 15, all men (and women) are welcome to head to the Lions Community Centre from 7-9 p.m. for the Information Night. The drive behind MOvember is twofold: to raise money to fight cancer and to raise awareness. If you have any questions or want to become more informed, this is the night to attend.

What would MOvember be without a Touch Rugby Tournament? One can only wonder the number of moustaches that get grabbed in the games, as players try to scupper each other’s chances at winning the trophy at the end of the month. Are such tactics allowed? You will have to head to the Cayman International School at Camana Bay on Sunday, Nov. 18 to find out. The tournament runs all day and promises lots of sporting entertainment.

One of the most anticipated events on the MOvember calendar is the golf tournament, also known as the MOpen. Clubs and putters at the ready, players take to the greens at the North Sound Golf Club to test their mettle against one hole after the next.

It all starts at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 23 and runs until the sunset. Who will emerge victorious? Go along and see. Even if you are not a golfer, you can enjoy libations at the 19th hole, otherwise known as the bar.

When the last hair has been combed and the final spoonful of gel has been applied, it’s time for all the MOs to line up and see which is the fairest of them all.

The Closing CereMOny will be held on Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at The Lodge in the Strand. There are a number of categories, with the most coveted being Man of MOvember.

It’s going to take one fine MO to take the prize, and we cannot wait to see who wins!

MOvember fun facts

Tom Selleck is one of the most iconic Mo Bros in television.

It is mustaches only. No beards or goatees. You want to grow a beard, wait till “Decembeard.” (Which is a real thing, by the way.)

MOvember is observed in over 20 different countries. Throughout November, you will find mustaches on guys from Australia to Hong Kong, Denmark to Ireland, Norway to the Czech Republic.

Women can participate, too; not by growing ‘staches but by becoming “Mo Sisters.” What’s that? According to the MOvember Foundation, these are the women committed to “rallying the men in their lives to join the movement, grow moustaches, and have important conversations about men’s health.”

MOvember did not start in America. The U.S. joined the MOvember movement in 2007, but it originated in Australia in 2003.

The first MOvember had nothing to do with men’s health. It all started with a pair of Australian blokes in a pub, who wondered why men do not grow mustaches anymore. They created MOvember as a holiday to celebrate their favorite facial hair, and to encourage other guys to grow one for a month.

The first MOvember was very controversial. MOvember co-founder Adam Garone says that growing a mustache in 2003, years before hipster mustaches were all the rage, was asking for trouble. “My boss wouldn’t let me go and see clients,” he says. “My girlfriend at the time, who is no longer my girlfriend, hated it. Parents would shuffle kids away from us.”

MOvember has raised some serious money for prostate cancer research, to the tune of $60 million in the U.S. alone. Canada is doing even better, raising $80 million (to date) for MOvember, despite having less upper lip square footage than the U.S.

For more information on the Cayman chapter, visit www.MOvember.ky.