Last 10 Days of MOvember

MOvember Day 19 Alright people, I’m a little depressed. No it’s not the weather that is getting me down (though the Vancouver November rain is a tough month to get by), but rather my terrible MOvember donations.

With only 10 day left in MOvember, my donations seemed to have stopped. I started off great on the first couple of days, but since then I’ve had no other donations. With this being my fourth year in participating in MOvember I’m discouraged that my campaigning is failing.Granted I haven’t been campaigning too hard as I didn’t want to bombard everyone with MOvember posts.

My goal was small this year. I was hoping to get at least $200 in donations, but as of right now I’m only at $60.

So this will be the second to last post I’ll be making about MOvember this year. And as such I encourage you to help me out in my donations. To help me out please donate to http://mobor.co/gusf.

To everyone that has donated this year, thank you so much! It truly means a lot to me.

On an up note, as of the posting of this, Canada has raised more than $19.5 million for prostate cancer research. Well done Canada!

MOvember 2012 is Just Around the Corner

It’s time to start thinking about MOvember again.

MOvember is a month long fundraising event where men from around the world get together to raise money and awareness for men’s prostate cancer. How do they do it? Well they grow a mustache or mo all month long. But this year it’s a little different, we are also raising awareness of mental health issues.

I’m proud to be participating in my fourth year of this great cause. Again this year I join our company’s team called the Marketwire Sysomos Staches. We are proud to be participating this year. Last year our company matched our donations and we raised over $11,000. This year we are striving to beat those numbers and we can only do it with your support. So please help support me this year by donating to me personally or our team.

I’ll be updating throughout November on my progress. As usual I can’t look at myself in the mirror the first few days as I go from having a goatee to being completely clean shaven. I’m nervous as hell, but I know it’s for a great cause!

Saying Goodbye to MOvember 2011

GusMOBro MOvember, the month long charity event where men donate their upper lips and grow moustaches to raise money for prostate cancer research, has come to a close. Those that found my wonderful moustache creepy and “serial killer-ish” will be glad to know that it is no longer. I am back on the road again to my usual goatee; which I’ve missed dearly, but also enjoyed the month long mo growing.

This MOvember was different than my previous years. This time around I actually joined a team – Marketwire & Sysomos Canada West, and I’m proud to say that our 3 men team raised $800 for the cause. Of course our small team was part of a bigger Marketwire & Sysomos team that raised well over $7,000 combined. I’m also proud to say that the big wigs of our company also matched us up to $5,000 bringing in a total of $12,000! YEAH TEAM!

I wanted to thank all of you who donated and continue to donate every year. It is because of you that Prostate Cancer Canada will receive almost $37 million this year to help with their research.

MOvember 2011 Update

GusMOBro Yes I’ve been a bad MOBro. I haven’t really pushed a lot of posts or photos of myself this year while growing the moustache, so I thought it was due for an update.

As you can see the moustache is pretty much there. Not hugely styled or amazing per-say, but it there.

With only 9 days left in MOvember, it’s great to see Canadians doing their part. As of this post, Canada is leading in the international campaign with raising over $21,664,054 so far for prostate cancer research. Below are some of the standings so far.

Country Money Raised
Canada $21,644,054
United Kingdom $13,208,192
Australia $12,815,848
United States $8,010,218
Ireland $719,170
New Zealand $435,919
South Africa $179,226
Netherlands $174,341
Norway $123,892
Denmark $107,723
Finland $50,830
Belgium $28,375
Spain $13,938
Czech Republic $6,381

So please consider helping me in my cause by donating at http://mobro.co/gusf

MOvember Season 2011 Begins

Don't be scared, starting #MOvember early So it begins again – MOvember the movement to change the face of men’s health and rais funds for prostate cancer research by offering our clean shaven faces to grow mustaches throughout the month.

This is my third year with MOvember and it still doesn’t get any easier shaving off the goatee and being clean shaven. I don’t recognize myself in the mirror and hate looking at myself much like us men hate having to go for that physical ever year, luckily there is now a blood test for it.

We’ve lost some many great people to prostate cancer this year. Both our loved blogger Derek K. Miller and Jack Layton who lead the NDP in our countries past election. It truly is because of their courage and fight with the disease that I’m doing what I’m doing. My clean shaven face is so small in comparison.

This year I’m part of a bigger picture, our company; Marketwire & Sysomos, is participating country wide and I’m the captain of our Marketwire & Sysomos Team Canada West. My team is small with only 3 of us participating – Marc Boudreau, Jay Cloutier and myself.

You can sponsor our team or sponsor us individual and every dollar pledged is another hair on our lovely upper lips as well as a dollar to fund research for Prostate Cancer Canada.

As usual I’ll be updating throughout the month so come back and visit often to see our progress. What mustache I’ll grow this year is still undecided.

A Movember to Remember

Day 30 of my Movember mo-gress! This post is long overdue so my apologies for not getting it out sooner.

As most of you know I participated in another wonderful and exciting Movember (the month where I grew a mustache to raise funds for prostate cancer). For the most part I had a great campaign and I wanted to specially thank everyone who donated to my campaign and the whole campaign in general.

This year Canada raised over $20 million for Prostate Cancer Canada. WOW over $20 million people!

I also had a great contest running for my campaign thanks to Masc Yaletown. They graciously donated a $75 gift basket to one of my donors. I’m glad to report that MJ Ankenman, of Urbanista fame, won the prize. Please contact me and I can tell you how to claim your prize.

In honor of a great year for Movember, I’m going to continue to keep my MO for another month. Yes folks my mo is sticking around for a few more days :)

Again thank you everyone for your support. I can’t wait for next year.

Movember 2010 – Day 8

Movember Day 8 Hard to believe we are already into our first week of Movember, and what a week it has been. After all I think my Mo is coming in nicely :)

Canada is on top of the Movember country scale raising over $5.7 million, as of this post. We have over 94,000 MoBro’s (and Mo Sista’s) participating in this years campaign and those numbers are going up on a daily basis as well. Every one of these participants is out there trying to raise awareness for men’s health and prostate cancer. It is truly an amazing sigh to be behold. It’s not often we give men’s health this much attention.

Today I was asked by Rebecca Bolwitt of Miss604, why I’m doing this, what is driving me? I really didn’t have to think long at all about it. As I mentioned on her blog, I’m at an age where it becomes important for a man to be checked yearly for prostate cancer. We as men are brought up to believe that we are macho and that having a prostate exam is somehow degrading and thus fewer men get checked. The good news is that there are blood tests out there now which can help detect the early signs of prostate cancer. The earlier you are detected the easier and quicker it will be to have it looked after.

So don’t let the great turn out of donations affect your decision to help and donate. Every dollar raised in Canada goes directly to Prostate Cancer Canada to fund research into ways of detecting and preventing prostate cancer. This is their only major campaign of the year so every dollar helps.

So please help donate to my campaign, and with every $25 your donate, you will be put into a draw to win a fantastic $75 gift basket from Masc in Yaletown.

Movember 2010 Begins!

My lips are naked #Movember Day 1

Movember Begins

So it begins for me again. A freshly shaved face in honour of Movember and raising awareness for men’s prostate cancer.

I wasn’t so scared shaving off the goatee, I was actually very nervous this time around. Last night I took my lovely clippers, took a deep breath and trim it down to as close to the skin as possible so it would be ready for the shave this morning. I have to say it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The person on the other side of the mirror wasn’t shocking to me this time around.

This morning I lathered my face up with shaving cream, feeling odd that I actually had shaving cream on my upper lip and chin. Again taking a deep breath, I shaved it down, trying to be careful of my lips and lovely mole. Alas as careful as I was, I did manage to cut myself – yeah not used to shaving in that area.

All in all, this wasn’t as a dramatic experience as it was last year.

So hopefully you will be able to donate during this month and help me raise money for to fund prostate cancer research. That’s right all proceeds raised go directly to Prostate Cancer Canada. And remember that every $25 you donate, you will be entered into a draw to win a lovely $75 gift basket from Masc.

My Movember Giveaway Thanks to @shopmascdotcom

As November 1st quickly  approaches, I need to boost up my Movember campaign this year and out do what I had managed to raise last year. I thought long and hard on how I could possible do that, let people bid for what kind of mustache to grow, let people bid to shave off my goatee, etc.

So here is what I’m going to do. Thanks to the great guys Patrick and Jamie at Masc (a men’s grooming shop located in Yaletown), one lucky donor to my campaign will receive a $75 gift basket full of men’s grooming products. So for every $25 donation, you will receive one entry into winning this wonderful prize which I will draw at the end of my Movember campaign. So donate now!

You can follow Masc via their website, blog, Facebook or Twitter.

Once again thanks to Masc and to everyone for helping me out this year on my Movember campaign.

Getting Ready for Movember 2010

Last year in November I participated in a worldwide campaign to raise awareness and research dollars for men’s prostate cancer called Movember; a play on words combing MO (slang for mustache) and the month of November. This year I will be participating again and I’m getting really excited about it.

It's @adamgarone of @Movember and I I attended the Vancouver launch on Tuesday and got a chance to meet Adam Garone, CEO of Movember Campaign who helped spearhead this event. Their plan, which started off as a joke in Australia of 2003, was to bring back the mustache or MO. The next year him and his friends thought it would be a great idea to raise awareness to men’s health issues with the month long campaign.

To add to the excitement I was asked by the organizers to be the Vancouver Captain and voice in Vancouver. Though I am honoured to have been asked, unfortunately I had to turn down the offer due to my hectic schedule already. That said I still plan on participating this year and helping raise funds for Prostate Cancer Canada.

This year’s campaign is to bring some luxury back to the mustache as shown in the video below.

So if you would like to support me in my cause, please donate.

Below is a preview of what I ended up with at the end of my month long campaign last year. Alas I don’t know what I’ll be doing this year I still have a few weeks to decided on what MO to grow.