IN THE SPOTLIGHT: MOVEMBER

The Rules: You must start off clean shaven. For the entire month of MOvember each MO Bro must grow and groom a moustache. There is to be no joining of the MO to your sideburns. That’s considered a beard. There is to be no joining of the handlebars to your chin. That’s considered a goatee.

Businesses, bars and sports fields island-wide will soon see an influx of stubbly, unkempt faces and questionable  whiskers before maximum moustache status is reached. These journeys from upper lip bumfluff to a mouth framing mane should not be scoffed at however, as these newly hirsute men are supporting a worthy cause – MOvember, an annual charity event bringing awareness to men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.

MO Bros commit to grow a moustache throughout November to help raise understanding about these issues and  are sponsored for their efforts.

“MOvember concentrates on helping guys recognise the symptoms of prostate and testicular cancer, [as well as] understanding the effects of poor mental health and depression, [thus] helping prevent suicides by raising awareness of these issues,” says Mark Robson of the MOvember organisation. “The more we talk about it, the less
stigma is attached to it.”

Since its 2005 inception the event has raised over $500,000 for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.

“[The society] uses the money to provide free PSA blood testing for prostate cancer checks and to support men who need financial aid with their cancer treatment,” says Robson.

Men often do not seek routine medical care as often or as consistently as their female counterparts; this is  concerning, as they may miss out on screening opportunities and medical advice until problems are more  advanced.

“Most times men are too proud to tell anybody that anything is wrong with them or with their body. They see it as being weak. Get yourself checked out. Don’t be afraid,” says Dave O’Driscoll, chair of the MOvember Committee.

“We want to encourage guys to be proactive about their health. Prevention is better than cure.”

To take part, pre-register on movember.ky and take your $25 registration fee to the Kings Head on 1 Nov. You  can also register on the night. The Barbershop at Studio 54 will be on hand to shave you perfectly for a donation to the MOVEMBER cause. Participants receive a specially designed MOvember T-shirt and the opportunity to compete for the coveted prize of CAY-MAN of MOVEMBER.

MO Bros spend the next month growing their best Mo, in whatever style they choose, and gathering sponsorship for their eff orts. The finale at the end of the month is a fantastic event, where fancy dress is encouraged to  complement the new Mos, and prizes are up for grabs in different categories.

“MOvember events are a chance for everybody to hang out and have fun, while also learning about the signs and  symptoms of the diseases that can damage us,” says O’Driscoll. “This new knowledge will make us stronger, and  prepare us to prevent and fight these diseases, together.”

Visit movember.ky for more information on the event as well as information on testicular cancer, prostate cancer and mental health.