Tuesday, 1 November 2011


It is November 1st, which means one thing:

Movember is here!

For those not in the know, Movember is a month where men will cast aside their razors to grow a moustache (or Mo) to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer. I took part last year, and grew a very bad 'stache. There will be no moustache for me this year, but I will be doing my part by donating to a long-time friend of mine who will be growing a moustache. His name is Steve, and you can find all his details at his official Movember page. He is also reachable on Twitter at High Fives Steve. Steve has organized numerous fundraisers for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, as well as cancer research, and has even started his own movement with High Fives 2 Help Lives. The guy works tirelessly all year round, and is someone I am proud to support.

What does this have to do with the Tiger-Cats and the CFL, exactly? Well, after last month's successful CFL Pink program (which helped to raise awareness for women's cancers), I am a bit sadden by the fact that the CFL does not have its own official Movember program. With the majority of the league's fan base is male – skewing more to older males who are at more of a risk to get prostate cancer – it makes sense to have a Movember program. The CFL can reach a lot of people, and they would be doing a great service by helping out a great cause, just like they did with their CFL Pink campaign.

The league and the teams can even have fun with it. The whole Movember movement is about raising awareness and funds to help fight prostate cancer, but it is also an excuse to grow a ridiculous moustache. I am sure there are plenty of CFL players who can grow some very elaborate moustaches. The teams can even have a contest to let fans decide what type of moustache the player or players should grow. It would be a great way to help out a great cause. They could promote it during the final week of the regular season and into the playoffs, culminating with a 'Stache Off at the Grey Cup.

The CFL did a great job during October to help women. It is time for them to do a great job in NoMovember to help men. C'mon, CFL, show your Mo, and help tackle prostate cancer in the same way that you helped to tackle women's cancers.

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