Take a look at your male co-workers this month and you might notice a slight difference in the form of some suspicious upper lip growth.
Brock men across campus are growing moustaches for Movember, a fundraising and awareness campaign for prostate cancer research. Participants start the month clean shaven, then have 30 days to grow the best moustaches possible. All the while, they collect pledges at ca.movember.com.
Teams across campus include Jimmy’s Staches, a group of staff at the James A. Gibson Library, and Brock U, a large student team affiliated with the Brock University Students’ Union that boasts more than 80 mo’ growers. Nine Brock employees are part of the Brock Staffer Staches, a team started by Terry Cockerline, manager of Alumni Relations.
“Obviously prostate cancer is a serious issue, and this is a fun way to draw attention to it,” Cockerline said. “With Brock being a tight-knit community, I thought it would get people’s attention.”
Moustache results so far are varied, as are reactions to the team members’ furry upper lips.
“My admin assistant won’t look at me,” said Andy Morgan, manager of the Project Management Office in Information Technology Services.
“I’ve been told by more than one person that it’s hard to take me seriously,” said Cockerline, who admits the moustache is “outside of my comfort zone.”
But the team sees the serious side of the issue too.
“Being my age, I know of a number of people who have either had prostate cancer or are dealing with it right now,” Morgan said.
New members are welcome on the Brock Staffer Staches team.
Movember has raised more than $30 million for cancer research since it was founded in 2003.
Below are links to the donation pages of some Brock teams:
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