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.

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.

Last Day of MOvember

Photo by Emme Rogers
Photo by Emme Rogers

Sad, but true, today is the last day of Movember. Interestingly enough it ends on a MO-nday

That’s right folks for all of you that have been squeamish about the furry lip faces walking around the city can begin to rejoice! But let us not all rejoice just yet. If you haven’t donated yet to this cause, please do so now. All proceeds that are raised during this long month fundraiser will go to Prostate Cancer Canada.

I’ve been proud to participate in this event and proud to show off my MO’s progress this past month. I’ll be sad to see it go, but before everyone rejoices that I will no longer have the MO, I will again grow my goatee 🙂

I like to personally thank everyone that has donated to me. Without your help our Twi’stache Vancouver team would not have been as successful.

The MO – 27 Days Later

Mo - Day 27 Yes folks, the MO is now 27 days old. 27 days of growing facial hair from scratch (ignore the fact that I had a goatee and shaved it all off).

This has been an amazing month of Movember. I’ve had so much fun participating in this great cause to raise awareness for men’s prostate cancer.

Alas last night I couldn’t attend the Movember Gala party at Fortune Sound Club since my back gave out earlier in the day and I couldn’t handle much of the pain. I was paying attention online and watching the Twitter stream come in from fellow Mo Bro’s that were in attendance. I was so surprised when John Biehler dropped by the event with a donation cheque of $5,000 courtesy of his LG Charity win from earlier that evening.

The Twi’stache Vancouver Movember team is greatly appreciative of him for thinking of us. LG we thank you as well for giving the money to a great cause, you truly are living up to “Life’s Good” motto!

It’s still not too late to donate to our cause and all donations go to Prostate Cancer Canada.

Movember – Day 11 of the MO

It’s hard to believe that 11 days ago I shaved off my goatee and became clean shaven after 15 plus years of having a goatee. Of course that didn’t last for long as that was the first day of my 30 day journey of growing a mustache or “MO” all in support of Movember, a charity drive to raise awareness for men’s prostate cancer.

I think my MO is coming in nicely and I’m getting excited to seeing the end result on the 30th of this month.

You can still help by donating to my Movember cause. As the video states, every bit helps. Think about doing without that latte today and donate. Maybe I should offer the highest bidder to shave off my MO at the end of the 30 days or have them decided if I should keep it or not? At any rate, if you don’t donate,  you won’t get a chance to decide.

For more information on prostate cancer, please visit the Prostate Cancer Canada‘s website.