Written by Melissa Veenstra
It’s that magical time of year again, when men all over the world grow out their moustaches to raise awareness for some of the biggest health issues facing men today. The Movember Foundation addresses men’s health on a global scale, tackling issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. Founded in 2003, the Movember Foundation has since inspired over 5 million “mo bros” and “mo sistas” to unite for the cause. Since its conception, the foundation has funded more than 1,200 projects which aim to reduce the premature deaths of men by 25% in the next 15 years.
This non-government funded foundation has truly made an impact on men’s health by investing in effective initiatives such as the Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing Service, The Young Investors Awards, New Concept and Equipment Grants 2012, and the Advanced Prostate Cancer Imaging Initiative to name a few. They truly inspire groups all over the world to help “stop men from dying too young”. For more information on their story visit their website at http://www.movember.com.
Your QLCS group is proud to support the Movember cause. We’ve created a team online where each member helps get the word out and campaigns for donations from friends, family, and wherever else possible (https://ca.movember.com/mospace/team/2238552). So far we’ve raised just shy of $2,000.00, and we have no intentions of stopping there. The moustache is the ribbon of Movember, so for those of you who can, we encourage you to join in and grow out that moustache! While attracting all the ladies and men with your sexy moustaches, you have the chance to be forwarding an amazing cause. For those individuals who can’t grow a moustache or “mo”, they also have the new option of getting active to raise funds, and of course, offering morale support by attending events and donating to the cause.
On top of joining our fundraising team, you can also attend one or all of the Movember inspired events that the QLCS will be hosting this month. Even something as easy as offering moral support for this worthy cause by attending events is incredibly helpful. To begin, on November 16th, the QLCS will be holding our very first Barcadia Party! Come on out to Barcadia on Princess Street to show off your gaming skills in the Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros tournament. As if coming and enjoying drinks, great company, and video games wasn’t enough, the winner of the tournament will also go home with a special prize, forever solidifying their place as gaming king or queen. Find out more information on tickets and event details on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/QLCSMovember2016/.
For those looking to utilize the new “move” option of the Movember foundations campaign, we will also be hosting a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament in the ARCS’s Upper East Gym on November 20th. There will be a 50/50 draw and prizes, so make sure to enter your team of 3-4 members and get tickets your tickets ASAP so you don’t miss out! Our last event will be the iconic Pin the Mo on the Dean event to cap off the month. Details on this one will be posted closer to the event so keep an eye out – it’s definitely not one you’ll want to skip.
So why not blow off some steam this busy November and take part in an amazing cause to support our men? The QLCS can’t wait to see those impressive moustaches this month!