Moustache growth raises $30,000 for men’s health
A month of moustache growth has raised almost $30,000 for men’s health as part of the annual Movember fundraising campaign.
Will Green from professional services firm KPMG, the defending Mr Movember winner, retained his crown last night with a festive feel – a luxuriant green growth with a touch of glitter.
Mr Green said this year was the fourth time he had taken part in Movember and highlighted that his father used to work for the Movember beneficiary, the Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre.
He added: “When I moved over to the island, one of the first things I did was get in touch with Bermuda Cancer and Health.
“I used to do Movember in the UK – it’s a fantastic cause, raising awareness about men’s health issues and raising money for Bermuda Cancer and Health.”
Mr Green said the KPMG Movember team had raised more than $30,000 for the charity over the past four years.
He added that he had become comfortable wearing a moustache every year – but his fiancee was less keen.
Mr Green said: “She still dreads November every year.
“The glitter was done after work today, but I have had to hide my face in conference calls for the last couple of weeks.”
Azuree Williams, the events and programme manager at the Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre, said the fundraising period was not over, but the campaign had already blasted past its $20,000 goal.
Ms Williams, speaking at the prize-giving ceremony held at the outdoor area of Hamilton restaurant Baan Thai, added that the annual event raised useful funds for medical care but was also a valuable way to boost knowledge about men’s health.
Ms Williams said: “It brings awareness to the community. The men wearing a moustache, or just fundraising for Movember, they initiate conversations.
“People who don’t typically grow a moustache doing so starts a conversation about men’s health.”
She added: “We have had some pretty impressive moustaches this year. The guys went all out, and I think they did an excellent job.”
Bricen Hakeman, the general manager of courier firm DHL Express Bermuda, said it was important to take part in the fundraiser – and that he was excited the DHL team had raised more than $1,000.
Mr Hakeman said: “It’s important for us as a business to give back to the community and to support those who have the right for cancer treatment.”
But he added – like Mr Green – the moustache had caused a little domestic friction.
Mr Hakeman said: “The dog loves it. The wife isn’t as much of a fan.”
Olatunji Tucker of Movember sponsor BGA, a wholesaler, said the company was proud to support the event.
Mr Tucker added: “Bermuda Cancer and Health has always supported all of us in Bermuda and so we had to give back.