Why are you participating in Movember?
“I do Movember mostly for awareness for prostate cancer. But it’s more so for cancer in general. Like there’s breast cancer which has the pink ribbon and that’s honestly what most people associate it with. For prostate cancer, I don’t even know what colour it is, I want to say it’s blue but I don’t even know. Whenever I think of prostate cancer I think of this entire month of Movember.
My personal connection is my uncle, he was diagnosed and he survived. I don’t want to get into details for that but I remember that was a big struggle and even now he still struggles from it.
This year I’m not raising funds, but my brother is and he took a big initiative to do it. We both sit in the same boat and think that it’s just a moustache. In a sense, yeah, it’s a fashion statement but every day you grow back your beard. And with our society the way that it is now, beards are in so why not compromise for that 31 days and raise awareness?”
“This year for Movember, I’ve decided, as always, to support awareness for prostate cancer. The reason I’m doing this is because obviously cancer effects everybody. No matter who you are, you can show support; that support is very beneficial. The moustache style I’ve chosen is called the Van Dyke, it was made famous actually in Elizabethan England. Some other trends I’ve noticed are the vintage 1970’s hockey player moustache and the handlebar are both becoming quite popular. Other than that, even if it’s just peach fuzz on your face, it’s still important to show support even if you look greasy or what have you, it’s for a good cause.”
“It all started in first year, I don’t remember exactly how but I was talking to one of my friends and I guess I said, “Oh, I’m going to put on a moustache for Movember.” So I took my eyeliner and I drew two lines under my nose and I headed to class and people were like, “wow awesome, good for you.” So then it stuck and I’ve been doing it for five years now.
This year I’ve asked myself why I do it and will I do it after university. Back when I was a kid I really didn’t care what anyone thought of me. Then through high school and coming into university you start to reserve yourself a little more, so this is a yearly reminder for a whole month that there are more important things out there than what you look like or what others think of you. I get to put a moustache on, raise money for men’s health awareness, prostate cancer and keep myself in the presence of my childhood self in the sense that I’m forcing myself not to care what other people think. So I’m going to continue to do it after university, maybe even for the rest of my life.”
“I don’t have a real personal connection, I’m just trying to help out. I like to change it up every year, I just started doing [the handlebar moustache] recently.
Also, I noticed that not a lot of people are doing Movember this year so I just wanted to stick with it because men’s health is important.”
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