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One Week Left In ‘Movember’ And Canada Is The World’s Leading Fundraising Nation - More Than $23M Fo
November 23, 2012
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Alright fellas, one week left until the end of 'Movember'. One week to let your mustache fill in or maybe even start one.

It's never too late to get into the spirit of things. And if you're particularly hairy, one week to grow a full on stache is nothing.

We all know those guys.

The ones who get a 5 o'clock shadow at 5 am... the ones who look as though they haven't fully evolved yet... and you can't tell where the facial hair ends and the chest hair begins.

For you guys, there's no excuse. And hey, even if you don't plan on starting a 'stache at this point, it's not too late to donate.

It's all about raising money for men's health, specifically prostate cancer and men's mental health initiatives.

You can find out everything you need to know right here.

And get this - as of today, Canada is the world's leading fundraising nation with 241,363 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas registered and $23,071,116 raised so far.

If that's not inspiring enough, check out our Q & A with one of the founders of 'Movember' - the Executive Director & CEO Adam Garone.

What are the most important mustache dos and don'ts?

AG: Do shave down to start growing clean shaven. Do groom it, you gotta keep it neat. Do style it, moustache wax helps. Do own the moustache. Don't let the moustache own you

Why did you decide to expand the campaign to include male mental health?

AG: The campaign was now at the size in Canada where it can make a significant impact on both prostate cancer and male mental health. We know that mental health issues are a large contributing factor for men having a shorter life expectancy than women. This clearly identifies it as a critical male health issue that needs addressing. Male mental health is something we have addressed for a while now in Australia and New Zealand and it has made a significant impact on the lives of men there. We know it will do the same here.

What do you do to get women involved with and excited about Movember?

AG: The Mo Sistas! Mo Sistas get involved the same way that Mo Bros do, except they don't have to grow a Mo. They register, they start a team and recruit members, start conversations about men's health and raise funds. Mo Sistas really do play a crucial role helping Mo Bros along the journey; these are the women that get men to the doctors. And never underestimate the power of a wink and a nod to a Mo Bro. Let him know his moustache looks good. It goes a long way.

Men don't like going to the doctor. Myth or Reality?

AG: Reality. If it were a myth we would be much better at looking after ourselves and would be much more proactive about our health.

What personal Movember stories stick out for you?

AG: We have a Mo Bro who we've known for a while and he had been monitoring his prostate cancer via active surveillance. This year, his cancer had progressed and with the help of his doctors he decided to have a radical prostatectamy. Mo Bro Ron Telpner allowed us to follow his journey before and after surgery on video. It was quite an emotional and inspiring journey. We're very proud to be able to share this with the rest of the citizens of Movember.

How would rate your own moustaches over the years? Have you grown any you're particularly proud of?

AG: I've had a lot of moustaches over the years. However, I'm really proud of a handlebar moustache I grew before this year's campaign. It felt good to be able to have a twirl to the Mo! It all came off Movember 1st though, as I had to start the month clean shaven.

What would you say is the biggest obstacle to overcome when it comes to men and their health?

AG: Getting men to talk about their health. Breaking down that stigma that men are superheroes. And then, once we know that, being proactive about our health.

Can you tell us about any of the most memorable moustaches you've seen over the course of the campaign?

AG: It's hard to single out just one but we have a prize at the Gala Partés for the Mo Bro who has tried really hard, done his best, rocked the Mo but still ends up with barely a 5 o'clock shadow on his upper lip. This Mo Bro gets the award of the Lame Mo. It's an awesome award to win because you know that Mo has started more conversations about men's health then most of the big bushy ones out there.

What came first, the hipster mustache or the Movember moustache?

AG: That would be the Movember moustache. Trust me, when we started it years ago, it was most definitely not trendy.

Ever consider establishing a Movember Hall of Fame showcasing the best of the best?

AG: Well, each year at the Gala Parté, we award the coveted title of Man of Movember in each city. We have a little gallery of them from last year. Hopefully, we'll have a couple challengers out there to rival the moustachery of 2011.

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