Movember movement in full swing
Karla Menke Boizo
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Things are bound to get hairy this month.
In November, thousands of men grow moustaches in an attempt to impact the face of men’s health.
Movember is an innovative, fun and engaging activity that raises funds and awareness of men’s health issues, including prostate cancer that affects more than 26,000 men each year and will claim the lives of 4,000 of them.
As the worldwide movement grows year to year, so too does the number of local participants.
Since 2009, Waterdown District High School teachers and students have taken part in the Movember movement, which was brought to the Parkside Drive facility by teacher Timothy Harvey.
“There are a lot of people affected,” said Harvey of men’s cancers. “I know a few personally.”
Participating in Movember is “something fun that all of us can do to raise money,” he said. And seeing the different moustache styles is also part of the appeal.
Last year, WDHS raised $1,500 for Movember. Participants are hoping to match or exceed that total.
Approximately 23 teachers are participating in this year’s instalment of Movember. Students, too, are giving growing facial hair a try.
Boosting men’s health isn’t just for the male gender. Women, too, have played a key role in helping raise funds and awareness.
In Waterdown, staff at the Jitterbug Café don artificial moustaches to shed light on the Movember movement.
On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Main Street North restaurant is donating proceeds from coffee sales to the cause, as well as all tips.
To contribute, or take part in the Movember movement, visit www.movember.com.