Local realtor Byron Maier shows off his well-grown mo. He is organizing a Movember gala and silent auction at Moxie’s restaurant this coming Wednesday to raise money for prostate cancer research. Tickets to a Canucks game and an overnight stay in Vancouver are among the items up for bid.

Growin’ it out for Movember

Byron Maier is raising awareness for men’s prostate health by growing out a mustache and rallying fellow Campbell Riverites to do the same

Campbell River is full of lip ticklers, crumb catchers and Mo Bros this year.

Local realtor Byron Maier has been busy this month, raising awareness for men’s prostate health by growing out a mustache and rallying fellow Campbell Riverites to do the same.

“It’s been busy,” said Maier. “Lots of stuff going on and lots of guys out there growing mustaches, and just lots of people getting involved with Movember.”

One of the things keeping Maier busy is organizing the second annual Mo for the Bros gala and silent auction at Moxie’s restaurant from 7-10 p.m. this coming Wednesday.

Awards and prizes for categories including Best Mo in Character, Team Mo, Miss Movember and the Man of Movember 2011 will be handed out, and there will be a silent auction with items up for bid from mo-friendly businesses around town.

“Lots of wonderful gift baskets, and lots of gift certificates, there’s some great prizes,” said Maier. “There’s a variety of just really, really great stuff to come out from local businesses.”

A river rafting trip courtesy of Destiny River Adventures, and tickets to a Vancouver Canucks versus Calgary Flames game with a hotel stay in Vancouver courtesy of Boston Pizza are a couple of the items up for bid.

Maier stresses that the night is not just open to the Mo Bros – Mo Sistas can join in the fun too. He said there will be stick-on mustaches available, or suggests penciling one on for the night.

Maier said generating awareness for men’s prostate health is very important, as one in six men are diagnosed with the prostate cancer in their lifetimes. His father was diagnosed and beat it, his uncle is currently going through treatment for it, and a good friend’s father is just about to go through surgery due to it.

“And I’ve had other people close to me lose relatives to it, so it’s definitely affects a lot of people,” added Maier.

Besides raising money for prostate cancer research, Maier said an integral part of Movember is awareness generation.

“The whole initial goal behind Movember is the awareness part,” said Maier.

“You grow the mustache and have people talk about it, and hopefully guys out there’ll go ‘hey I should go in and get tested.’”