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December 3, 2012

Movember Mo’ Meaning

by Jewel Goodly

As the month of November came to a close, you may have noticed more scruffy faces, beards, and mustaches. November is the month for prostate cancer awareness and other male health issues and has become known as ‘No shave November’ or ‘Movember’.  Men known as “mos” are encouraged to grow facial hair and to increase awareness about early cancer detection. The overall goal of Movember is to change the face of men’s health.  Women are also welcome to become “mos”, and are encouraged to join the movement.  Some women choose not to shave their legs during the month as a show of support. Also, while many people participate in this event, they usually do not know there is an actual reason for No Shave November.

Here at Centennial, Interact decided to give Movember back its meaning. The club’s members at Centennial sported facial hair, and sold mustache paraphernalia such as t-shirts, key chains, cookies and lollipops in an effort to raise money for cancer research.  The club raised about $150 so far and are continuing sales this week.

 Interact member and Centennial senior, Matthew Warren, knew about the meaning of Movember and supported the cause by growing a beard and mustache. Although he is excited to shave, he is even more excited about keeping a goatee. Centennial junior, Tamia Roberts, participated by not shaving her legs.  She said it wasn’t too bad having hairy legs, but admits she didn’t make it through the entire month. 

Next November remember the meaning of Movember and support the cause!

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