There are many men in Canada who will miss that wispy tickle of a mustache they’ve grown for the past month. But though “Movember” is at an end, many can start thinking about ideas for next year’s crazy facial hair, grown every November in support of prostate cancer research and men’s mental health.The moustache movement has gained a lot of ground since its humble beginnings when two Australian men started the movement. According to Movember Canada – a collaborator on world-wide Movember initiatives – the movement has raised $301 million worldwide since 2003, with last year’s fundraising efforts amounting to $125.7 million, almost double what was raised in 2010. This year’s numbers are still rolling in says the national director of Movember Canada, with about $100 million raised worldwide so far.
“I think Canadians have once again proven that they are a generous group of people and that they continue to support the community that we are so fortunate to live in,” said Pete Bombaci of this year’s donations, which so far amount to approximately $37 million.
“I think the combination of fun with the moustaches and supporting two great causes such as male mental health and prostate cancer is a combination that Canadians are happy, willing and proud to support.”
Locals are not exempt either as students from Elmira District Secondary School (EDSS) have just handed Movember Canada their own cheque for $500 raised in support of the cause. Five Grade 11 students – Erin Graham, Carissa Truax, Kaitlyn Kraemer, Mirjana Vujosevic and Corey Hinsperger –decided to take the fundraising initiative at their school to the next level and proved that men were not the only ones who support the event.
Someone at the school always opts to coordinate some efforts for the cause but in previous years EDSS students placed a donation jar in the office in hopes of collecting donations. This Movember the girls decided to take the donation jar to the students by visiting every classroom and actively asking for support, Hinsperger explained. They also organized weekly Movember-themed games for fellow students and took photos of students who were growing out their mo’s for a poster they later placed in the school’s cafeteria.
“We wanted people to get more involved,” Kraemer said of their efforts.
For the second year in a row Canada has surpassed even the Aussies to raise more money for the cause than any other country, with 247,066 Canadians taking part in raising funds for Prostate Cancer Canada and the Canadian Male Health Network.
Every year since the initiative began men and the women who support them raise money for the cause and signal their support by growing proud moustaches during the moth of November in a signal of solidarity with fellow Movember brethren.
Canada remains the heavyweight champion of fundraising for the cause, and there are many signs of support throughout the country with support running rampant through schools, universities and stores which often capitalize on the popularity of the event.