Moustachioed Men unite for Movember

Karla Karcioglu, Roving Editor Ω

Stephan Salo wears his moustache proudly while raising funds during Movember. Karla Karcioglu/The Omega

Stephan Salo wears his moustache proudly while raising funds during Movember. Karla Karcioglu/The Omega

TRU law students continue to raise funds for Movember.

The fundraising effort started in 2011, according to third-year law student Stephan Salo, when he, classmate Eric Rines and about 15 other students raised nearly $2,000.

Last year, the team was dubbed McLachlin’s Moustachioed Men, and consisted of approximately 25 students and faculty. They managed to raise $5,200 for prostate cancer research, surpassing their goal of $5,000.

This year the team consists of 32 male students and a female captain. They have, as of Nov. 23, raised $6,039. This year’s goal is to raise $8,000, according to Salo. He said the team is right on track to meet their goal.

Salo is soliciting friends for donations through Facebook, encouraging them by posting what he called the “ugly pictures of [his] facial hair.” Other fundraising efforts have included a moustache dyeing party. They plan to hold another party to shave them off.

Fei Kang, the team’s captain, said the men have exceeded her expectations and made her proud to be captain.

The team is registered under the Big Moustache on Campus (BMOC) network, run by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. BMOC is first on the network leaderboard, consisting of 27,954 individuals and team members who have raised $1,616,694 as of Nov. 23.

The Moustachioed Men are ranked 15th on the BMOC team leaderboard. Dalhousie Rowe Mo’ Bros & Sistas is in first place with 84 members.

Canada sits in first place on the participating countries leaderboard, with $17,626,183 raised. The United States is in second, with a total of $14,562,049 raised.

If you would like to donate, or keep track of the team’s progress, you can visit their team page by visiting http://ca.movember.com/team/977809