Among those growing facial hair for Movember were (clockwise) firefighters Rick Roemer

Among those growing facial hair for Movember were (clockwise) firefighters Rick Roemer

Mustaches equal money for Prince Rupert Mos

A team of Prince Rupert men wore a visible and hairy statement on their faces in November.

A team of Prince Rupert men wore a visible and hairy statement on their faces in November.

Their efforts were part of Movember, an international, month-long event where men grow out their moustaches to raise money and awareness for men’s health issues, such as prostate and testicular cancer, as well as depression.

More than 30 Prince Rupert men joined the Prince Rupert Mos team on ca.movember.com, the Movember Foundation’s online campaign.

The foundation raises money for men’s health charities, and also aims to increase early detection, encouraging men to get yearly check-ups and take action to remain healthy.

Led by John Farrell, the Prince Rupert Mos collectively raised just under $5,000 as of late last week.

This is the first year Prince Rupert Mos has entered a team, hoping that by uniting more money could be collected in Prince Rupert.

“The team approach is appealing because it encourages individuals to stick with it, and be inspired by the example of others. Further, the collective fundraising is even more impressive than individuals. There’s a lot more to celebrate when we’ve worked together,” Michael Gurney, spokesperson of the Prince Rupert Mos, said.

The team members were able to compare their facial hair at a gathering at the Crest Hotel on Friday, before removing it on Dec. 1.

See Page B2 for some of the faces of Prince Rupert’s Movember campaign.