Manitoba curler Mike McEwen presented a substantial donation to the Movember Winnipeg committee Monday as raised from the the 2014 Men of Curling calendar this past year.
McEwen was featured as the November calendar boy, sporting his moustache. The curler superstar joins other men this month supporting the cause to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health research and programs.
It’s November 1. But for those with a knack for growing a moustache this month, Movember sounds more like it.
The annual fundraiser in support of men’s health issues officially launched Friday with a month-long campaign. Prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives will be the main recipients of campaigns, with a goal of $1 million set provincially.
The Manitoba branch of the Movember campaign had 7,700 registered participants last year, who raised $950,000. Organizers have raised the bar to get 10,000 men signed up this year to “grow a mo.”
Canada once again has come out on top as raising the most donations for Movember.
Nearly $37 million was raised during the month-long fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Canada, Movember’s Global Action Plan and the Canadian Male Health Network. Men grew moustaches to support the cause and raise awareness of men’s health issues.
Manitoba raised $901,088 with 7,649 registrants. Donations are still being collected and counted, with hopes of raising the provincial goal of $1 million.
“It is overwhelming to have such incredible support from Mo Bros and Mo Sistas all across the country,” said Pete Bombaci, national director of Movember Canada. “The conversations that have been had and the awareness that has been raised is truly making a difference. We are proud to have the opportunity to put the funds to work and a make an impact on men’s health.”
The month for men to let their facial hair grow wild, no matter how grotesque it may look, is coming to a close.
Movember officially ends tonight after a month-long fundraiser and awareness campaign in support of men’s health issues, particular prostate cancer. Donations have been pouring in internationally, especially in Manitoba, where organizers were hoping to hit the $1 million mark provincially.
Winnipeg radio station Power 97 and Birchwood Kia will hold a shave-off on Saturday as a final push towards the fundraising goal.
From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., “Mo Bros” can attend Birchwood Kia at 1364 Regent Avenue to have their moustache shaved. The two companies will make a joint donation to the Movember cause.
Students from MC College will shave off listeners’ and Power 97 personalities’ Movember moustaches, as the rock station broadcasts live from the event.
Watch video from the Movember launch earlier this month:
Organizers of the Movember Winnipeg fundraising campaign say they’re on track to reach their hefty provincial goal.
With one week to go, more than 7,300 registrants have raised nearly half a million dollars through online pledges. Funds raised go to fight prostate cancer and raise awareness of male mental health initiatives.
The goal this year is 10,000 participants and $1 million.
“With many moustache growers yet to officially register online and cash donations still to collect, we are optimistic that Manitobans will help us reach our objectives,” said Jamie Hopkins, Movember Winnipeg co-chair. “If there are Mo Bros growing or Mo Sistas supporting the cause, we encourage them to register for free on Movember.com. It’s not too late.”
In 2011, Manitoba had 4,400 registered participants and raised close to $675,000.
Movember Winnipeg will wrap up its efforts with a gala party on Wednesday, November 28 at the Pyramid Cabaret (8 p.m.). Admission is free for those who have raised at least $100 in pledges.
Celebrity models showcased the latest fashions and jewelry in support of the Movember initiative on Friday.
The #MoSistaMoFashion show displayed the wares of Loka Boutique, Divine and Conquer, with jewelry styling by Stella and Dot. The Bay Downtown dressed the “mo’dels” as they strutted the catwalk and red carpet.
Media personalities from Citytv, Global Winnipeg, 103.1 Virgin Radio, Shaw TV, FAB 94.3, BOB FM and others took part in the event, which was held in the lobby of Manitoba Hydro Place.
Proceeds will go to support Movember Canada and their efforts to raise funds and awareness to battle prostate cancer.
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Local celebrity models ham it up during the Mo Sistas Mo Fashion show on Friday, November 16, 2012 in support of Movember. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)