SAN DIEGO — During the month of November, make that Movember, dudes don a different look all in the name of a good cause.
For 30 days, “Mo-Bros” are walking, talking, billboards raising money and awareness for prostate cancer.
“It’s a funny thing when you grow out your mustache. It’s your pink ribbon. It’s not like breast cancer where you actually wear a pink ribbon. This is our ribbon, our mustache,” said event creator John Weisbarth.
The whole Movember movement started in Australia. In 2011, over 854,000 Mo-Bros and Mo-Sistas raised $126.3 million around the globe. In San Diego the Mo-mustache men wrapped up the month by making a fundraising push at the Commons Bar downtown at the “Facial Hair Formal.”
“It started very small with a group of my friends going to local bars. We wore funny outfits and mustaches. It grew last year and here we are now at the Commons. We hope it gets bigger and bigger each year,” said Weisbarth.
Now, the events raise thousands of dollars. Guys and girls showed up sporting the ‘stache in all shapes, colors and sizes. The ultimate goal of events like the one held at the Commons Bar is to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancer and associated charities.
“It’s a twofold thing. It’s encouraging people to get checked for prostate cancer. We raise money and awareness of the fight against prostate cancer,” said Weisbarth.