Protea’s cricketers JP Duminy, Vernon Philander, and bowling coach Allan Donald will be growing and grooming their mos this month in an effort to help “change the face of men’s health”.
Duminy said Movember was a fantastic initiative.
“I’m taking part this year in an effort to create awareness, but more importantly, to get people talking about the dangers of and the measures they can take to help prevent prostate and testicular cancer,” he said.
“I probably don’t sport the best ‘mo’ in the team, but I think I have an added incentive to give it a good crack this year. I see a few of the Aussie players will also be growing their mos in support of the initiative so I guess it will be a fierce contest both on and off the field. May the best mo win,” he added.
The rules are simple, after starting the month clean-shaven, each “mo bro” must grow and groom a moustache according to the rules for the entire month of November. No sideburns or goatees are allowed.
The point is to look foolish, or as Twitter users describe it, “to look like the greatest mo alive, Burt Reynolds”.
Women were reminded that Movember was not only for their hairier halves, as “mo sistas” play an important role in acting as catalysts; encouraging the men in their lives to sign up, rallying the men in the office into teams, while pledging their support and opening dialogue around men’s health.
The funds raised by Movember participants’ efforts would fund survivorship and research programmes that were developed in conjunction with Movember South Africa’s men’s health partner, the Cancer Association of SA (Cansa).
These programmes, in their pilot phases, aimed to provide men with the best choices and treatment options available.
“Cancer is a disease that affects many people across the globe so any initiative that can grow awareness will always be important,” said Philander.
“I’ve grown a mo before. I was actually quite proud of it, so I’m really looking forward to what this Movember will bring. Hopefully our participation will get people talking, donating and growing.”
Participants can follow the Rolux Cricket South Africa “mo off” team’s progress, and support Movember by pledging to the teams’ “Mo Space” page.