Associated Tire owner Kermit Dahl is bracing for the loss of the moustache that he has been sporting since 1981.
And, the goatee goes with it.
Dahl joins hundreds of Campbell River men who are taking up the “Movember” challenge to help defeat prostate cancer. But, instead of growing a ‘stache, he’s losing one. Dahl was challenged by employees David Dahl and Jordan Hirschfeld who are confident they will reach their goal of raising $5,000 by month’s end. They have about $4,000 to go.
“It’s a good cause,” Dahl says. “All of us have been touched by cancer.” Back in 2005 the Campbellton tire shop owner shaved his head to raise money for the Cops for Cancer campaign. His mother-in-law, Carol Frank, had been diagnosed with leukemia that would take her life.
Readers who want to help the cause and make sure Dahl is forced to shave away his trademark facial hair can donate by going to Movember.com (Canada) on the Internet. Click on “Donate” in the navigation bar, type in “Tired of Cancer” and follow the prompts.
Movember campaigns with similar challenges are playing out in scores of businesses across the city.
On Nov. 29 Byron “Mo” Maier is throwing a must-attend bash at Moxie’s from 6 to 10 p.m. Maier’s annual “A Mo for the Bros” gala supports prostate cancer and men’s health initiatives. There will be prizes and a silent auction. Last year, about 100 showed up.
“This is my third year of involvement with the Movember charity,” Maier says. “It is a rather special event for me as this cancer has affected two of my family members – my father is a prostate cancer survivor and my uncle was recently diagnosed with this disease. Prostate cancer really hits home.”
Maier says any local business people who want to contribute to the event can reach him at Byron@byronmaier.com
Unlike Kermit Dahl, normally guys register at Movember.com with a clean-shaven face on Nov. 1. For the rest of the month, these “Mo Bros” groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, “Mo Sistas,” Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts. These Mo Bros become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words, they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.
Last year, more than $42 million was raised in Canada.