Movember Profile – Jonny from Wintermitts

Movember. If you have been wondering why there seems to be more moustaches around all of a sudden, then you’ll be happy to know that there’s a reason.  I happen to rather dislike the Movember look.  A Moustache is not for everyone.  My Dad has had a moustache for my entire life, but that is somehow different than all of these (thankfully) one-month-only creations that give me the NO feeling.

However, I think it’s a great way for everyone to support and talk about men’s health and prostate cancer.  Yesterday there was this glorious sunshine and I had the thought that I could be a part of this by photographing some of the folks involved, despite my thoughts about the moustache.

My friend Jonny had a few minutes to spare between errands and getting ready for a gig.  He’s in the Vancouver band Wintermitts, and I saw them play last night for the first time.  WOW!!!!  Music to dance to and get excited about.  The band really loves to play together – it’s infectious.

Back to Movember – I asked Jonny a few things about why he’s growing the moustache.

I am doing Movember because it is a great cause; one in every 6 men will be diagnosed with cancer of the prostate at some point in their lives, and this year alone more than 4,400 men will die as a direct result. Those are some scary numbers. If I can help with reducing them in some small way, then this is it.

My grandfather was diagnosed with prostate cancer within the last couple of years, and because of medical research funding from campaigns like Movember, he has been in remission ever since. I think it’s working.

Not everyone knows about Movember, and part of the goal of it is to make people talk about men’s health.  That can be an awkward conversation.

I have had many chances to explain Movember to those questioning my ridiculous moustache, yes.  Many are surprised to know I’m not just trying to be fashionable. The moustache growing aspect of Movember is a brilliant idea as it catches people off guard, incites conversation, and gives you the opportunity to discuss the campaign.

I think a sense of humour needs to be a part of Movember, and Jonny has it.  It’s his second time involved, and you can donate through his MoSpace page – http://ca.movember.com/mospace/57097/

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Oh glorious sunshine!

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Check out the Movember site – http://www.movember.com/ for more information.

© Marlis Funk 2010

6 Comments

  1. by Alissa Sadler on November 12, 2010  12:48 am Reply

    Also not a big fan of the Movember look. However, I am a big fan of the cause. Maybe we should start a Movember girls support group? Think it may be needed. p.s Great shots!

  2. by Marlis on November 12, 2010  12:58 pm Reply

    Alissa! I agree.
    I also think a Movember support group photo with fake moustaches will be in order. Interested?

    • by Rebecca on November 12, 2010  9:01 pm Reply

      I keep telling Kevin that this means I should stop shaving my legs for the month of November in support of this good cause. He is not a fan of that idea, and I suspect that after a week, I wouldn't be either :)

  3. by Sir Derek S. Funk I on November 13, 2010  5:35 pm Reply

    Until this year I was unaware of the connections of Movember to men's health. No I'm not ignorant, just had never heard about it. In any case, I have been an active employer of the mustache over the years. Everything from the push-broom and the handle bar to the fu-manchu. For someone artistically challenged in the areas of the typically standard mediums of art. My face was my canvas, my razor and trimmer, my tools.

    Movember offers an excuse for guys to get creative - or look extremely dirty depending how you see it. And why? Simply put: It's fun. It opens the door for guys to try new things with facial hair who may be caught in the rut of the beard or feel they must remove their facial hair so they fit in with all the cool guys sporting leather jackets and a clean shave. As a guy who can grow a very good beard - or so I've been told - I have not only the responsibility to let show, I have the responsibility to honor those who cannot grow facial hair by not removing my own.

    Needless to say, Movember is the one month of the year a guy can do whatever they want, justify it to no one and express their urge to honor their fellow man.

  4. by Marissa on November 15, 2010  6:28 pm Reply

    James is also sporting a lovely Movember 'stache. A full handlebar one at that. Great cause, but I'm always happy when December rolls around and he shaves it off.... :)

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