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Minister of Health the Hon. Mark Scotland put his money where his mouth is this weekend by shaving off his moustaches in support of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society's Movember campaign. Here is the full story courtesy of the Caymanian Compass:
More than 250 men surrendered their hirsute faces to the barber’s razor this month to prepare to grow some impressive and often outrageous moustaches for MOvember.
Among those who had freshly shaven faces was health minister Mark Scotland, who for the first time in many years went moustache-less. He said he had chosen to shave off his moustache “in support of the very worthy cause and to support fundraising efforts for cancer”.
The minister said he’d had a moustache since high school and had not had a naked upper lip for “probably over 20 years. I looked like a teenager, someone said I would probably get carded at a bar!”, he added.
However, his moustache has already grown back and he said he has no plans to grow it into any unusual style, like many who take part in MOvember. “No outrageous style – just trimmed low as normal,” he said.
Every November becomes MOvember in Cayman as men show their support for men’s cancer awareness by growing a “mo” or moustache. The event kicked off at Coconut Joe’s - renamed Coconut MOe’s for the night - on 1 November.
The concept of MOvember originated in Melbourne, Australia, in 2003 and has since grown into a global movement. All the funds raised in Cayman go to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, a non-profit organisation that funds its programmes with donations from the public and from the corporate sector as well as fundraising events such as MOvember. Funds are used for education programmes, screening initiatives and to provide financial assistance to cancer patients and their families with treatment-related expenses.
“I am thrilled to be in MOvember for the seventh year. With the support of the Lions Club of Grand Cayman, we have a record number of participants, including for the first time, Minister of Health, the Hon. Mark Scotland,” said MOvember committee organiser, Tim Rossiter.
Mr. Scotland, along with the other men whose chins, cheeks and upper lips were shorn and shaved of any hair, start out clean-shaven and will grow and wear their moustaches so they effectively become walking billboards for cancer awareness throughout the month.
The aim of MOvember is to raise funds and awareness of cancers that affect men, like prostate cancer.
“We are so pleased that this MOvember is shaping up to be the biggest and best to date. There has never been so much interest and we are looking forward to the information night on the 17th,” said Jennifer Weber, operations manager of the Cancer Society.
Dubbed infoMOtion night, the Lions Centre is venue for this awareness session where keynote speaker, Dr. Mark Christ, a board-certified urologist from the Oncology Referral Network of America, will speak on risk factors, screening methods, prevention, signs and symptoms and the treatment of prostate cancer.
MO Bros and their supportive MO Sistas will celebrate their journey at the official end-of-MOvember with a MOsquerade Ball to be held at held at Margaritaville on Wednesday, 30 November.