The annual Movember campaign got off to an early start as men paid 20 dollars for a straight razor shave at Victoria's Tavern in REgina Saskatchewan. However, you're really only supposed to start with a clean shave on Novemer 1. Nonetheless, the proceeds from this shave-a-thon are going to the men's health initiative.
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Men’s health month

It’s almost November, and that means across Canada, and elsewhere, it’s almost “Movember”- moustache month.

During the month men will grow moustaches in a combined charity fund-raising and awareness campaign about men’s health issues such as testicular and prostate concer.

The idea had its origins in Australia in 1999 to grow moustaches raise money for the Royal society for prevention of cruelty to animals. As this movement grew across Australia, another group in 2004 started another movember movement to raise awareness of prostate cancer and depression.  This latter group became the Movember Foundation.

The Movember movement has now spread to some 21 countries, funding a variety of physical and mental health programmes for men.

It came to Canada in 2007, and according to an entry in wikipaedia, in 2011, Canada was the biggest contributor to Movember charities, raising 42 million dollars that year.

George Bowser  of Canadian comedy musical duo, Bowser and Blue: Movember Moustache Song

Australian comedy duo- Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues- YouTube video “The Movember Song”

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