IT’S that time of year again where you may find yourself doing a slight double-take as you walk along the High Street.
Don’t worry, you haven’t stepped back in time to the 80s, it’s just that a growing army of men are joining in with a charity campaign that requires that they grow that most unfashionable of items - the moustache.
November is now Movember where men, officially known as Mo Bros, grow their moustache to raise money for cancer charities. Since its beginning in Australia in the early 2000s, Movember has, just like a moustache, slowly grown and each year more and more Mo Bros, ably supported by their Mo Sistas, are getting involved right across the globe.
Nearly one million men officially got involved last year, and in the UK alone £79.3 million was raised for the two nominated charities, Prostate Cancer UK and the Institute of Cancer Research.
More and more celebrities are getting involved too. Gary Lineker gamely gives it a go, but the less said about the wispy effort from Sportscene’s Rob Mclean last year, the better.
But, hey, at least he’s getting involved.Staying on a sporty theme and closer to home, many of Kirkcaldy’s Fife Flyers are growing a Mo this year, and for defender Tommy Muir it’s become an event to look forward to.
“I’ve done it before,” he said. “It’s no hardship for such a worthwhile cause.
“I think everyone knows someone who’s been affected by cancer and if I can raise a bit of money while having a bit of fun too then I’m quite happy.”
Tommy says that there’s already some banter flying between the players as to whose Mo will be best. “I’m going for a standard Magnum P.I. this year,” he said. “Some of the boys are coming up with a few different styles, but I think a few of the younger boys will be needing some boot polish to help them along!”
Elsewhere in the Lang Toun, Nigel Ford of Ford’s Solicitors in Tolbooth Street is getting involved for the first time, after cancer had touched the lives of his friends.
“A colleague of mine had treatment for prostate cancer,” he said. “Thankfully he got the all-clear but a close female friend of mine died of cancer not so long ago.
“I make a monthly donation to Cancer Research so I thought it would be a good idea.
“I’m a few days in now and it’s not quite a Tom Selleck yet but I’m confident it’ll look good in the end!”
Over in Dysart Pharmacy a three-way Mo-off is taking place between staff members, Manager Allan Shields sadly already conceding defeat due to “fair hair”. He said: “We hadn’t done it before but the first week of November is ‘Ask Your Pharmacist’ week also, which focuses on men’s health, raising awareness and drawing attention to services available for men at pharmacists, so Movember ties in nicely.
“It’s myself, Kevin Murphy and Mark Hedley taking part. I’m going for a trucker look, but Kevin is a pretty hairy guy so he can pick any style he wants. It’s going to be more of a challenge for me!”
So, follow the lead set by this fine band of chaps and go Mo this Movember, Bros and Sistas, and get involved.