Movember is back and Premier Brad Wall is on board
Movember is back, the month where many men start growing moustaches to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer.
This year Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is also joining in Movember, despite some reservations from his staff at the Legislature.
Wall even put out the word last week that if he could raise $3,000 before the beginning of November, he would join in – and it didn’t take long to meet that goal.
He joined John Gormley Live to spread the message behind his moustache.
“In terms of people looking at a bunch of guys with bad moustaches – to be reminded that as dumb as that may look, it’s even dumber if you’re a male over 40 and you don’t get tested,” Wall said.
He even posted an old from the early nineties sporting a moustache on his twitter account and Movember page. He admits it could take a while to see a difference.
“This is not going to end well, in fact unless this thing stretches into ‘Mo-anuary’, people might not even be able to tell by the end of the month,” he told John Gormley.
To make the campaign even more entertaining, the premier is even offering to name the ‘stash.
“Prairie-duster, Sask-a-bush or we could go with Stashskatchewan which is hard to say, I don’t know, there’s not a definitive choice that we have seen that we are going to go with so I don’t know - we’ll just keep growing and raising money,” he commented.
The Movember movement got it’s start in 2003 in Australia but since then it has become a global movement raising a total of $124.7 million for prostate cancer research
Regina lawyer Marc Kelly is part of a local group growing moustaches for the month and he joined Regina’s Morning News on November 1 to talk about it.
What does his wife think?
“She’s a huge fan,” Kelly said, laughing. “No she hates it.”
Kelly admits his wife is glad by the time December rolls around.
This year he may aim for a Vincent Price style pencil thin moustache instead of a full on Colonel Sanders. This year he is aiming to raise $1,000 which is double the amount he raised last year.
He says since the tradition began, Reginans have really started to get in to the event.
“A tonne of local businesses and local organizations and they’re all doing great things to try to kind of build some camaraderie around the event and some fundraising,” Kelly explained.
You can find out more about Movember by visiting the Canadian website.
Edited by CJME's Adriana Christianson with files from Sarah Mills and Gerald Bauman