The worldwide Movember movement – which encourages men to grow mustaches in November and use their facial hair as a conversation starter to raise awareness of men’s health issues – is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
The campaign has taken root in McMinnville with a group of individuals who wish to raise awareness and money for the fight against prostate cancer.
Rodney Boyd, general manager and CEO of McMinnville Electric System, is one of those people. Boyd was diagnosed with prostate cancer in early 2012 and, as a result, has become an advocate for the cause.
“We want to start a conversation locally about prostate cancer,” said Boyd. “It’s the most common type of cancer found in American men, other than skin cancer and it’s the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men. Cancer is definitely a serious subject, but an activity like Movember brings attention to the cause in a fun way, so maybe we can reach more individuals in our community with the message.”
To participate in Movember, men are encouraged to grow a mustache. Men who would like to participate in the official contest can pick up and submit entry forms at Ashley’s Attic, McMinnville Electric, Peg Broadcasting and the Southern Standard.
The contest will be judged Thursday, Nov. 21, during Sneak-A-Peek Night at the Warren County Arts and Crafts Fair at McMinnville Civic Center. Proceeds from that night benefit Relay for Life. Movember judging will take place at 6 p.m.
Movember was first launched in Melbourne, Australia in 2003.