Local men will be growing their mustaches throughout the month of November in support of the Movember campaign, which will raise funds and awareness for prostrate cancer and men's mental health issues.
Several local teams have signed up for Movember this year, and others will participate as individuals. They are seeking pledges from people in the community.
More than $10,000 was raised by local participants during Movember last year. Estevan Police Service Constable Jay Pierson was the top fundraiser in the Estevan area, as he brought in $2,505. Pierson is perennially Estevan's top fundraiser.
Pierson was the captain of the Hot Fuzz Grow Yo Mo team, a 17-member contingent that collected $5,347 in 2012.
Canada is the global leader for Movember fundraising last year. Canadians collected more than $37.4 million, which was No. 1 by a considerable margin. The United Kingdom (U.K.) was second with more than $28.3 million, and Australia was third with more than $23.6 million.
Canada also had the second-most registered participants with 247,141, trailing only the U.K., which had 362,887.
Globally, there were more than 1.1 million participants in 2012, and they raised more than $115.46 million.
The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and its men’s health partner, Prostate Cancer Canada. These two groups work together to ensure that Movember funds support a broad range of programs for prostate cancer research and advocacy. Money will also be directed towards programs that address men's mental health issues.