‘MOvember’ shines spotlight on men’s health

If you’ve ever yearned for a month to unapologetically work on your handlebar, chevron or Fu Manchu moustache, your time has come.

November offers the chance for men island-wide to bring awareness to men’s health issues through participation in the MOvember charity event.

Men commit to grow a moustache for a month to help increase understanding of – and raise money for – issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. MO Bros are sponsored for their efforts.

The initiative started in Cayman in 2005 when Tim Rossiter and 25 friends grew moustaches to increase the profile of men’s health issues and raise money for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society. Fourteen years later, the number of MO Bros has grown, and the total raised for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society (CICS) is more than $500,000 and counting.

CICS uses the money to provide free PSA blood testing for prostate cancer checks and to support men who need financial aid with their cancer treatment.

“Men are traditionally ignorant of many of the health issues that affect them,” explained Dave O’Driscoll, chair of the MOvember committee. “We often put off going to the doctor for too long or until it’s too late.

“MOvember tries to raise awareness about prostate cancer and testicular cancer as well as the dangers of ignoring the signs of depression and poor mental health,” he said. “We want to encourage guys to be proactive about their health. Prevention is better than cure.”

Dave O’Driscoll, chair of the MOvember committee.

How to take part
To take part, pre-register on movember.ky and take your $25 registration fee to the Kings Head at Camana Bay on Friday, 1 Nov. at 5pm. You can also register on the night. The Barbershop at Studio 54 will be on hand to shave you perfectly for a donation to the MOvember cause. Participants receive a specially designed MOvember T-shirt and the opportunity to compete for the coveted prize of Man of MOvember.

MO Bros spend the next month growing their best mo, in whatever style they choose, and gathering sponsorship for their efforts. The finale at the end of the month encourages fancy dress to complement the new mos, and prizes are up for grabs in different categories.

Visit movember.ky for more information on the event as well as information on testicular cancer, prostate cancer and mental health.