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Amherst Ramblers players will be growing moustaches to show their support for Movember, helping raise awareness for prostate cancer.
AMHERST – The Amherst Ramblers usually see battle on the ice against other teams. Now, the players will be facing a new challenge: showing their support for Movember.
“We raise money for the Relay for Life but that only seems to happen January through June,” said cancer survivor Daren White. “I’ve been trying to figure out a way to raise money all year round and raise awareness. Movember has already been initiated elsewhere, so I figured I could get it going here.”
White started the initiative on Facebook, getting his friends to support him and start growing their moustaches. Now, he has the Amherst Ramblers hockey team on board.
“It’s about public awareness,” said Bill Chapman, game-day director. “We want to get the Ramblers involved with the public and help raise money for a good cause.”
Connor’s Restaurant owner Rod MacDougall also jumped on board. For him, the awareness initiative hit close to home.
“I did it with my Ramblers billets last year,” he said. “But my wife is a cancer survivor and I lost my father to colon cancer. We’re always doing little things to raise awareness but we thought we’d step up to the plate and do some more.”
Ramblers player Patrick Harrison said all of the junior players are now growing a moustache in support of the cause. Even though it’s for a great cause, he said it’s also great for team bonding.
“It’s now kind of a competition between the players to see who can grow the best moustache,” he said. “I’m a little worried. Some of the 17 and 16 year-olds have better moustaches than me. They have full beards but I shaved the other day and by the end of the month, everyone will be able to see (my moustache).”
According to the website, there are rules to follow in order to participate in the moustache growing fun. Participants have to have a clean-shaven face when they sign up to the website. After that, the moustache growing commences.
Harrison said he is one of the few following the rules. Unfortunately, because of his lightly coloured hair, in order for people to see his moustache, he’s going to be making a few trips to the store to purchase some ‘Just for Men’s’ hair dye.
“It’s going to come in blonde, which is why I have to dye it,” he said. “It’s going to be funny seeing other players like me try to grow (a moustache) who can’t really grow one and end up looking stupid but it’s all for a good cause.”
Harrison said his biggest competition in moustache growing are players Serge Boisvert and Ben Berisha, who already have full beards.
A donation bucket is available at Connor’s Family Restaurant.
For more information about the Mo Bros and their Movember commitment, visit www.ca.movember.com