Movember 2012: Wrap-up

The last few hours of Movember 2012 are upon us. Given the fact that it was my first time growing a mo, it was great to be part of a great cause. I was pleasantly surprised by a few things, including my willingness to grow my mo until the end, the support I got from friends and family, and the interesting comments from people who got a kick out of seeing me with a mo. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your donations and for supporting me throughout this adventure!

Week three

Week four

This week, I spoke to a friend of mine, Ali Salem, from Montreal. To my surprise, after seeing Daniele Rossi and I with our mos, he was motivated to participate in Movember, albeit starting a little late.

Photo credit: Ali Salem

“I’ve been in Canada for three years and I didn’t come across it,” he told me. “That was when I started to learn about it. I’ve seen what motivated you and others to do it. I don’t think I take good care of myself. I thought if I could motivate others, I could motivate myself as well.”

He said that when people saw him with his mo, it was great for awareness. “It’s adding more to the chain. The key factor is that it triggers people around you who aren’t used to seeing you in a moustache. They ask you about it and it’s a good opportunity to tell them about the cause.”

Besides, “it’s exciting to grow a moustache,” he added, noting that he wasn’t going for any particular style.

If you wish to support Salem’s Movember campaign in the last few hours, check out his mo space!

Adam Weitner, Rossi and Ben Wilinofsky, all of whom I spoke to in previous blog posts, all shared Salem’s excitement. Here’s what they said about their experiences:

“The experience has been good overall – it has been a great conversation starter, and I’ve been proud to be part of such a great cause. I also find that there is a certain level of respect that comes with being a Mo-Bro and you certainly feel like you’re a part of something. All of that said, I do look forward to shaving it off! It is uncomfortable and I’ve developed a habit of playing with it, which is actually quite annoying. At the end of the day, would I do it again? Yes! Absolutely.”

–       Adam Weitner

 “I felt like I was part of a community whenever I saw a fellow Mo-er. Living in a big city, it was nice to connect on a seemingly trivial level. I had started a new job when Movember started so it was a novel way to connect with my fellow man at work. At the gym, on the street, I noticed that when I passed a stranger with a mo, there was that extra split second of an expression on both of our faces of sharing this similar thing in common. It was nice to feel like I was connecting with mankind by doing something manly and old school. I was surprised that I ended up enjoying my mo, soul patch and goatee. If only I had the time in the morning to trim them. I am most likely going to participate again next year.”

– Daniele Rossi

“The one thing that I would say about my Movember experience is that I’ve been overwhelmed by all the support I’ve had when I’ve shared my issues publicly. If anyone is struggling with the decision to come out and share their troubles, I haven’t had a single negative reaction from anybody and I’d recommend being open about it to anyone who feels ready.”

– Ben Wilinofsky

How was your overall Movember experience this year? To my fellow Mo-Bros and Mo-Sistas, happy Movember and happy shaving!

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