It’s Movember and time for the Mo Bros to once again start their moustaches.
Since 2003, growing a moustache in November is not just for kicks, but also to raise awareness and money for prostate cancer and research.
“I want to support people and their families in the Greater Trail area who have been affected by prostate cancer,” said Kyle Boutin, captain ‘moustache-grower’ of team Trail Professional Firefighters Local 941.
This year, the firefighters have 12 members on board for the challenge.
The men start growing Nov. 1 and for the rest of the month, they can groom, trim or wax their way to victory.
“There can be no cheating. Clean shave until Nov. 1, then let’s see how much we can grow.” joked Jason Milne, Captain of the Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue.
“I’m going to grow the old handlebar type this year, the kind that curls up at the ends,” said Rick Morris, firefighter.
Gerick’s Cycle and teachers from J.L. Crowe Secondary may also be seen around town sporting some extra above lip hair for the Mo Bros campaign.
“Gerick’s Cycle is looking forward to growing hair to raise money for a good cause,” said Kyle Shannon, Mo Bros team member.
This year, the high school is broadening its team by having the student body grow some extra lip hair, along with the male teachers.
“Moustaches will be everywhere,” said teacher and organizer Kyle Percy. “Hopefully we can educate, raise some money as well as keep a few upper lips warm as the weather turns south during the month of November.”
But sporting a handlebar this month offers more than a good laugh.
After humble beginnings in Melbourne Australia, Movember has grown to become a global movement that has inspired more than 1.1 million people to participate.
In 2011, Canada was the hairiest country in the world and set a record for the most money raised. Nationwide, more than $42 million was raised by 246,000 participants.
The public can join the fun of viewing the teams and members by logging onto movember.com, which tracks donations and the ranks “Mo Bros” until Nov.30. Donations can be made at the site (movember.com) or directly to the Kootenay Boundary Fire Rescue Hall on Rossland Avenue.
The provincial government is also showing its support for Movember.
“Prostate cancer affects one in seven men,” said Minister of Health, Margaret MacDiarmid in a press release.
“Even though British Columbia has some of the best cancer rates in Canada, we can always do more. Through research and education, we can change the way we target health services to men to help improve their overall health.”