MOvember (the month formerly known as November) has arrived in the Cayman Islands. It’s the annual month-long charity event where guys grow a moustache to help raise awareness and money for men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.
Men are often reluctant to confront their health issues and MOvember aims to reverse this way of thinking by putting a fun twist on a serious issue. Using the moustache as a catalyst, they want to give men the opportunity and confidence to talk about their health more openly.
The first MOvember event in Cayman was back in 2005 when 25 MO-bros signed up. That number has increased year after year, and in 2013 nearly 300 MO-Bros grew a moustache for charity. Now in its 10th year, MOvember promises to be bigger and better than ever. All the money raised has been donated to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society (CICS) to help with the treatment and care of men here in the Cayman Islands. So far, this total is over $500,000 and MOvember is one of the largest single fundraisers for the CICS.
Every MO-bro starts the month clean shaven and gets cash for their ‘tash by getting sponsorship from family and friends. There are numerous events across the month including:
- Saturday, Movember 1st – the MO’pening Night, at Royal Palms from 5 p.m. Guys sign up, pay a $25 registration fee and get their commemorative MO T-shirt. They can get expertly shaven by professionals too. If you can’t grow a moustache you can take part in the MO’MILE at 6 p.m. – a sunset walk along Seven Mile Beach to help launch the event. MO-bros in the Eastern Districts can sign up at Tukka Restaurant on MOvember 2nd from 11:30 a.m.
- Thursday, Movember 13th – the MO INFO Health INFO Night. In conjunction with Lions International and the CICS, men can get all the health information they need from Health Professionals. They can even get tested for free.
- Friday, Movember 21st – the MO’pen Golf Classic – one of the most prestigious events on the golfing calendar.
- Saturday, Movember 29th – the MOsquerade Ball at Waterfront Diner, Camana Bay – 7 p.m. MO-bros compete in various categories to find out who wins the Golden Comb as Man of MOvember 2014.
A MOvember spokesperson stated, “Men are traditionally ignorant of many of their health issues and often put off going to the doctor for too long or until it’s too late. We want to raise awareness of the incidence of men’s cancers and want to encourage guys to get checked. Caribbean men have a higher incidence of prostate cancer than other guys. We like to have fun while we do it too though and that why we have such great events throughout the month to help get the message across.”
They’d love you to join in too and grow a MO to show support for this very worthy cause. Go to their website at movember.ky for more details.