Facial Hair Shows They Care

It’s that time of year again! Male students and teachers alike are looking a little bit furrier. It’s Movember! Most of us know of this special time and chuckle at the men and boys with their moustaches. We wait eagerly to catch a glimpse of Peter Baritz in all his glory but few may actually know the whole story behind “No Shave November.”

Mr. Lord gets hairy for a cause.

According to Wikipedia, Movember is an annual month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, depression, and other men’s health issues. The movement originated in 1999 when a local news station aired a story about a group of young guys in South Australia who came up with the idea of growing moustaches for charity and christened the “event” Movember.

Then in 2004, another group in Melbourne also organized an event where men grew moustaches for a month to draw attention to the lack of knowledge about prostate cancer – this group would become the Movember Foundation charity. It actually started off as a move to “bring back” the moustache and evolved into the idea of doing something for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer.

The Movember Foundation’s (website Movember.com) goal is “to change the face of men’s health.” Last year, the U.S. branch of the foundation raised over $126 million. There are nearly 900,000 “Mo Bros” in the world today who have participated in Movember.

So, how did it make its way to St. Luke’s school? Rumor has it Mr. Mitchell is the man to talk to about this–seeing as he’s the one who brought Movember to SLS. At a conference in England in the summer of 2009, he spent a week in Cambridge with people from all over the world. One man from Canada actually told Mr. Mitchell about Movember. That fall, after chatting with Mr. Lord and the science office crew, Movember was instituted at SLS. The rules: start the month off with a clean shave and begin growing facial hair–and keep growing until the month ends.

One of Movember’s co-founder’s, Adam Garone once said Movember redefined charity and the way we look at men’s health. So if you wielded your razor this year, make sure next year that you at least grow a moustache, Mo Bros (and support your Bros, Mo Sistas), and help raise awareness about prostate cancer.

Ann Abbott Freeman, Staff Writer

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