Canadians raise over $19 million for prostate cancer in Movember

For one-twelfth of their lives, men all across the world are choosing to sport lip hair for a good cause – Movember. Movember began in Australia in 2003 as a movement to bring back the much-maligned moustache, and has quickly spread across the world to raise funds for prostate cancer. Not unlike commitments to do physical activity for other charities, Movember represents a physical commitment to wear a cheesy, often horrifying moustache in public for a full 30 days. This despite the chagrin of women everywhere, especially those trying to get family portraits done before the holidays.

The Movember movement has reached men in all walks of life – from the guy across the street to the guy on TV.  NHL players were seen sporting miniaturized versions of their playoff beards in their SportsCenter interviews (the Calgary Flames even had Lanny MacDonald and his legendary stache judging their efforts) while Ottawa’s top Movember fundraiser (raising $11,000 personally) was a news reader for the CBC. In the UK, a Royal Air Force crew revived the WWII years through their Movember moustaches, despite the presence of lip hair being against the Queen’s regulations. Even Canadian Parliamentarians got in to the act.

This year, Canada topped the fundraising list with over $19 million (CAD) raised, outpacing Australia by nearly a full million. The United Kingdom rounded out the top three, raising $11 million. All funds raised are donated to country-specific prostate cancer charities.

And today, December 1, the entire country breathes a sigh of relief. The Mos are gone for another year.

Canadian MPs Justin Trudeau and Dominic Leblanc sporting Movember moustaches. Credit: Handout, Postmedia News.

47 comments

Warren Webber
Warren Webber5 years ago

Thank goodness for mustaches! :)

jane richmond
jane richmond5 years ago

tHANKS

David N.
David N.5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Jose Ramon Fisher Rodrigu

What about men who already had a beard?

Dean P.
Dean P.5 years ago

oh my

Robert O.
Robert O.5 years ago

Good for them. Every bit makes a difference forsuch an important cause. I don't know what the deal is today with everyone's criticisms and snide remarks. Let's grow up shall we?

Stephanie W.
Stephanie W.5 years ago

This is the first time I've responded to a comment. The two men in the picture should be labeled because the are public figures. One of them is Justin Trudeau, son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau who is an member of parliament. The other man I do not know but I suspect he is also member of parliament because they are standing in the House of Commons.

heather g.
heather g.5 years ago

Most Canadian men are born with moustaches, anyway.

Ramona Thompson
Ramona Thompson5 years ago

Noted thanks.

Mrs Shakespeare
Mrs Shakespeare5 years ago

Too bad my teacher didnt look that hot with a moustache xD
This is really noble and kind, thanks to every dude who grew a moustache for this cause *thumbs up*