Since 2003 in the month of November, men around the world have been going all Selleck on us to support “Movember.” I must admit, this is much to my own personal dismay (especially in the first couple of weeks) as I am not a fan of the facial hair when it is left to its own devices. By the end, however, there are some impressive ‘staches that border on works of glorious cranium adorning ‘art’. What I did learn when I started poking around to put this feature together was that Movember is not only to raise funds and awareness to help combat prostate cancer, but also male mental health issues. I fear that even in this day and age, mental health – perhaps even more so for men than women, is often seen as a taboo subject and ignored until far too late. So all in all, a great cause and even though I am not a fan of the ‘mo I cherish the men behind them and so, for one month of the year, let them grow!
For our weekend features in Movember we will be spotlighting a different team each weekend to help promote them and their cause – kicking cancers ass and combating mens mental health issues!
Team Canadian Dad 2.012
The captain of the Canadian Dad 2.012 team we found on Twitter, when we did a shout-out asking who would like their team featured Chris Read (@CanadianDadBlog) was the first to enthusiastically take us up on the offer! This team has already upped their goal and made some HUGE advances since we originally talked to them and they have some big things in the works as well! It is really amazing to see a team pick up a cause like this and really go after making a difference!
Their message is (which I suspect might get bumped up again!!) –
Uniting Canadian MoBro’s & MoSista’s To Help The Fight Against Men’s Cancers! Our Goal is $5000, which is ambitious but achievable. Let’s Go!
I think they have an awesome chance of knocking that goal out of the park!
We asked Chris why he had decided to start a team for Movember and his reply was “both my father and cousin are cancer survivors, in large part due to being aware of the signs and also because of the resources available to treat them. I think it’s so important for men to get checked out at the suggested times, whether they feel fine or not. The fact that you get to have some fun with it by growing mustaches, is just a bonus.” I guess it makes sense that this is a cause he is very passionate about, and strong will and perseverance seems to run in the family.
As of right now Team Canadian Dad 2.012 has raised $3,931 between the 32 team members – that is some pretty amazing work so far guys! Keep it up! A special shout out to Mike Reynolds who has already, single handedly raised $1,026 of that total!
Please take a moment and check out the Canadian Dad 2.012 Movember team, read their stories, learn about the early warning signs of prostate cancer and how to talk about mental health with your family and then please make a donation – whatever you can afford and support Movember!
Good luck Canadian Dad 2.012!