For the first time, I'm fully participating in Movember.
What is Movember? Movember is an annual event to raise awareness about and research funds for prostate cancer. The "Mo" refers to the fact that participants commit to starting the month clean shaven, and growing a moustache for the entire month of November. Along the way, funds are raised through a variety of activities to donate to Prostate Cancer Canada.
This is the first time I've been completely clean shaven for perhaps 4 or 5 years. One of the things that motivated me was that I now work for a company/with co-workers that actively participates in and helps supports charitable giving and fundraising. It's great to be surround by this type of energy, and I'm proud to be part of the iQmetrix Moustache Alliance.
The second, and much more important reason, that I'm fully participating is to support my dad. A couple of years ago he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. It was a hard and scary time for everyone, him most especially. It was diagnosed early, the cancer was treated, and he made a full recovery. In fact, he went on to walk the Camino for the second time (an 800km long walk that crosses most of Spain). I'm very glad to still have my dad in my life, and I hope everyone gets tested often and that better cures can be found.
You can help by donating to my MoSpace page »
Myself and the rest of the iQmetrix Moustache Alliance are putting on a fundraiser at our Vancouver office. You pay $20, and we will feed you, pour you a couple of beers from Howe Sound Brewing, and we'll have some moustache related fun. This Thursday, 6pm - 9pm, register on Eventbrite »
For more further pictures of my adventures in non-beardiness, I'm posting pictures to DailyBooth »