Student Movember campaign raises more than $6,000 for men’s health causes

More than 30 ‘Mo-Bros’ and ‘Mo-Sistas’ participated in this year’s Schulich Dentistry’s Movember campaign, raising a total of $6,410 in support of men’s health initiatives, and exceeding their fundraising goal.

Movember is a global organization promoting awareness of men’s health issues, such as mental health and suicide prevention, as well as prostate and testicular cancer. Each November, annual fundraising events, usually involving the growing of mustaches, are held worldwide to support these causes.

The Schulich Dentisty Movember campaign encouraged students, staff and faculty to pledge to growing either facial or body hair, or to contributing to the team’s movement goal – 2,000 km—which the group also managed to exceed by more than 250 km.

Brittany Pollock, co-lead of the Schulich Movember team, said one of the focuses of this year’s campaign was to diversify the ways in which people could participate in order to encourage more female participants, so-called ‘Mo-Sistas.’

“Mo Sistas, despite their lack of facial hair, have an important part to play in men’s health,” Pollock explained. “Our growing team appreciates the fact that no matter the sex, men’s health affects us all. We need women to continue to support men and help them break down barriers to health conversations.”

The fundraiser also received support and prize donations from their sponsors: Ox-and-Bow Barbershop, Platinum Boxing, Charlottesville Brewery and Crest+Oral-B.