LOWER TRURO, N.S. – A local fitness club has spent the last month raising money and awareness for cancer research by growing moustaches.
Members of Crossfit Hubtown gathered at their gym for a Movember Extravaganza event Friday night to celebrate the end of their Movember campaign.
“For the last month or so, we’ve had a moustache-growing contest to help promote the Movember Initiative,” said Duane Webber, one of the owners of Crossfit Hubtown.
“We had all the members who participated take a picture of themselves, Photoshop it, however they wanted, without altering their moustache, and put it on our Facebook page for people to vote on. The winner of that got to choose the workout for the night.”
While groups of club members participated in workout heats Friday night, others took the opportunity to finally get rid of their moustache with a fresh straight razor shave from The Tweed Suit barbershop.
“The guys from The Tweed Suit donated their time to help out with the event,” said Webber.
“They brought their barber chairs and equipment here, and were doing moustache shaves while we did our workouts, which was pretty fun. It was $10 a shave, and all the money went right into the donation jar.”
Club members also put together a bake sale for the event to get more donations, and sold raffle tickets for a prize basket.
“All the money raised is going towards Prostate Cancer Research as part of the Movember initiative,” said Webber.
The Movember initiative began in 2004, and is a global campaign aimed at raising awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s suicide.
The campaign raises money through donations to go toward cancer research, and its goal is to “change the face of men’s health.”
“It’s a great cause that we believe in and it’s one that’s rather close to everyone here,” said Webber.
“All of our lives have been affected by cancer in one way or another, be it a relative, a close friend or whatever, that has gone through that process. Prostate cancer being male-specific, we decided as a group that our male members would participate for the cause.
“We did do some fundraising stuff before this event as well, and we also had t-shirts we created and sold to our members to raise money. I assume we’ll have somewhere around $1,000 to donate, which we are pretty pumped about.”