Story by Shannelle Parchment
November is here, and it marks the traditional Movember campaign, raising awareness for men’s health, specifically those with prostate cancer. The Oshawa Generals hockey team shaved their moustaches recently in support of the month-long campaign, and is taking it quite seriously.
“The whole team is participating in the campaign.” Said the Generals Community events coordinator Tricia Leone. “We plan to raise as much awareness as we can throughout the month.”
The Canadian Hockey League has announced the league-wide charity event. The annual month-long event will include 23 members and two coaches from the Generals team, an increase from their six supporting members from last year. “This is our second year having our guys participate,” said Leone. “Fans can log into our website and vote for their favourite moustache.”
The team will be posting weekly updates to document moustache growth, and the top moustache will be featured on the video board at Generals home games.
Last years Movember campaign featured nearly 450,000 people worldwide. 119,000 Canadians got involved in the campaign, raising $22.3 million. The total worldwide was $75 million, and the event is getting bigger and better.
At the end of the month, participants will celebrate their success by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Parties held around the world by Movember, for Movember.
Movember continues to work hard to establish positive habits and attitudes men have about their health, including educating men about health risks they may face in life, getting them to be more doctor friendly in order for early detection, as well as diagnosis and effective treatment for those who already have the illness.
The Generals are registered under the CHL network on the Movember website and are asking for support and donations from the Durham Region community. CHL teams are competing for the top spot in fundraising dollars and the winner will receive a special Movember trophy.
Generals day one – Courtesy of the Oshawa Generals