…how does your mo grow?
I may not be able to grow a moustache but this month I’ve found myself increasingly familiar with the array of facial hair shapes on offer thanks to Movember. I can now spot a ‘Handlebar’ and a ‘Horseshoe’ almost instantly, and with an increasing number of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research supporters choosing to ‘grow-a-mo’ in Movember to help us beat blood cancer, I have a feeling there are a few more styles I’ll be aware of by the end of this month.
Originally the idea of a group of men from Australia who grew moustaches to raise funds for The Movember Foundation, the concept has spread worldwide thanks in part to high profile celeb ‘Mo Bros’ such as Stephen Fry and Jenson Button. There are strict rules; there is to be no joining of the mo to the sideburns, no joining of the handlebars to the chin and each Mo Bro must conduct himself like a true gentleman. Apart from that, you can do as you wish.
It may be a bit of competitive fun for some, but its role in helping to beat cancer is unquestionable. Since its inception, Movember has raised millions of pounds for cancer charities worldwide, particularly those with a male cancer focus such as prostate and testicular. The level of cancer awareness created from Movember is also invaluable.
One of the Mo Bros supporting Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research this year is Aston Villa FC player Eric Lichaj, who has opted for a classic handlebar shape. Villa’s right-back decided to support us after his club captain Stiliyan Petrov, was diagnosed with AML in March of this year. Lichaj followed the progress of Villa masseurs Alex Butler and Andy Smith as they cycled from Celtic Park to Villa in September for Pedal for Petrov , and wanted to do his bit to add to the support for Petrov.
On fundraising for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, Eric says: "I just think it's good for charity. It's great that the first team boys are sponsoring me. And I'm donating it all to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Andy and Alex did that fantastic bike ride for Stan and the charity and I just wanted to do my bit too. Pedal for Petrov is a fantastic project and I'm thrilled to contribute."
On his tash prospects, he continued: "I don't like the regular moustache. I don't think it suits me. I prefer the handlebar look - it just gives the moustache a bit of extra umph!”
Eric’s dramatic tash growth will be documented every Wednesday at AVFC.co.uk so stay tuned for updates.
In the meantime, if you’re taking part in Movember in support of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research please tweet or Facebook us your tash-tastic pictures over the coming weeks. We’d love to see your Mo-gress!