With the recent passing of Burt Reynolds, it seems that this MOvember, more than ever, men should be sporting their MOs (moustaches) with pride. MOvember is an annual international fundraising effort that also raises awareness about cancers that affect men.

The Cayman Islands has been a participant for many years now and more men are signing up annually with the goal of growing the most majestic MO of the bunch.

So how does MOvember work? Participants sign up and get sponsorship from friends and family. At the same time as collecting money, the registered males must cultivate and lovingly groom the hair sprouting on their upper lip for the final competition night on Nov. 30.

Fede Destro and Shane ConnollyThe official registration night – or MOpening Night, as it is called – is happening on Nov. 1 at King’s Head Pub in Camana Bay. From 5:30-10:30 p.m., gentlemen can file in and sign up, get their sponsorship forms and maybe even ask advice on how they can grow an impressive MO.

On Nov. 15, all men (and women) are welcome to head to the Lion’s Community Center from 7-9 p.m. for the Information Night. The drive behind MOvember is twofold: to raise money to fight cancer and to raise awareness. If you have any questions or want to become more informed, this is the night to attend.

What would MOvember be without a Touch Rugby Tournament? One can only wonder the number of moustaches that get grabbed in the games, as players try to scupper each other’s chances at winning the trophy at the end of the month. Are such tactics allowed? You’ll have to head to the Cayman International School at Camana Bay on Sunday, Nov. 18 to find out. The tournament runs all day and promises lots of sporting entertainment.

One of the most anticipated events on the MOvember calendar is the golf tournament, also known as the MOpen. Clubs at the ready, players take to the greens at the North Sound Golf Club to test their mettle against one hole after the next.

It all starts at 12:30 p.m. and runs until the sun goes down. Who will emerge victorious? Go along and see. Even if you’re not a golfer, you can enjoy libations at the 19th hole, otherwise known as the bar.

MOvember logo - text with bowler hat and moustacheWhen the last hair has been combed and the final spoonful of gel has been applied, it is time for all the MOs to line up and see which is the fairest of them all.

The Closing CereMOny will be held on Friday, Nov. 30 at The Lodge in the Strand. There are a number of categories, with the most coveted being Man of MOvember.

It’s going to take one fine MO to take the prize, and we can’t wait to see who wins!

For more information, visit www.movember.ky.