Movember champions prostate...
Movember champions prostate cancer, men's mental health awareness
HUNTSVILLE – Here a mustache, there a mustache, everywhere a mustache. Movember, the month formerly known as November, is upon us and facial hair is sprouting on the faces of men everywhere. Each November, men around the world bring the mustache back in style as part of Movember, an annual prostate cancer and male mental health awareness campaign, which was started in Australia in 2003 and quickly spread around the globe.
Huntsville High School teacher Corbie Kent is organizing the Movember movement at the school. Pictured is his ‘stache from 2011.
The mustache, sometimes referred to as a ‘mo,’ is a visible symbol that men are taking action not only to raise awareness about prostrate cancer, but to raise funds for research as well. Last year, Mo Bros in Huntsville’s schools, businesses and town hall grew a lot of facial hair. And with the help of their supportive Mo Sistas they also raised thousands of dollars for cancer research.
The 2011 campaign raised CAN $125.7 million globally.
Teachers at Huntsville High School are participating for the third year and are hoping to raise $500. They’ve raised $1,000 in their first two years.
“It’s a fun way to raise awareness for prostate health and men’s health issues,” said teacher Corbie Kent.
There are about a dozen teachers involved in the campaign and while the school doesn’t have a student category this year, Kent said the awareness is still there.
“There’s more awareness as each year goes on, there are boys who are doing their best to grow what they can,” he said with a laugh.
Mo Sista Sara Hutson at HHS has come on board this year and brought with her new ideas on how to raise even more awareness said Kent.
Students can vote on who has the best and worst ‘stache and other categories.
“It’s a fairly casual campaign but with all the mustaches in the building there’s a level of awareness that’s been well received in the last couple of years,” said Kent.
Recognizing that there are other groups in the community sporting ‘staches for the cause, Kent said it would be great to inspire even more groups to participate in years to come.
“It’s to bring awareness more than anything so people can ask questions,” he said.
According to Prostate Cancer Canada, prostate cancer is the most common cancer to affect Canadian men with one in seven men being diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime.
To learn more about the Movember campaign, to register, or to donate, visit Movember Canada’s website at http://ca.movember.com. To donate to the HHS team, search for Huntsville High School Mo-tivators.