Keep a look out for the Mo-Bros around town. These are the guys of the Coral Gables Firefighter’s Benevolent Association who are competing to grow the best moustache, or “Mo.” It is the international month of “Movember” again and the local men are raising funds for prostate cancer research and men’s health awareness.
“Last month we participated in October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month and this month we continue our efforts and the fight against cancer by participating in Movember” said CGFBA Movember Organizer and Fire Fighter Sergio Morejon.
The men started the month clean-shaven with a $10 donation to compete. As their moustaches grow they must groom, trim and wax to be ready for the final assessment.
And every day the Mo Bros become walking, talking billboards to help prompt private and public conversation about the often-ignored issue of men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer. To raise even more Movember money, they can seek out sponsorships for their growing efforts.
At the end of the month CGFBA members will select a winner and all funds collected will be donated to programs run directly by Movember, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the LIVESTRONG Foundation. The group also plans to make an additional contribution to increase the amount raised by the individual competitors.
Since its small beginnings in Melbourne, Australia, Movember has grown to become a global movement. More than 1.9 million men are participating around the world with formal drives in Australia, New Zealand, the U.S., Canada, the UK, South Africa, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Belgium and the Czech Republic.
The men are supported by their Mo-Sistas, the women in their lives, and even some of these pop up with a ‘stache as Fire Fighter Mary K. Magrath did at a recent Coral Gables station photo-op.
To get your organization involved or to make a donation to the cause visit www.us.movember.com and follow the mission to “change the face of men’s health.”
FREE FAMILY CONCERT
Before you get started on the turkey, sides and pies, relax at a holiday concert presented by Orchestra Miami. “Tough Turkey in the Big City: A Thanksgiving Odyssey,” by Bruce Adolphe and Louise Gikow, is perfect for the attention spans of young audience members and their families. The free, fun and engaging program will last about 45 minutes.
Two concerts are planned. The first starts at 7 p.m., Nov. 16 at the Miami Shores Presbyterian Church, 602 NE 96th St. The second is at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 17 at the North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183rd St. Performances are sponsored in part by the Miami-Dade Public Library System.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, children are asked to bring canned goods that will be donated to local food banks. Orchestra Miami is celebrating its sixth season of bringing world-class quality symphonic music to all South Floridians. For more visit www.OrchestraMiami.org or call 305-274-2103.
Hemophilia is one of the most expensive chronic health disorders in the United States. Each year the Swing for the Kids Golf Tournament for Hemophilia helps raise funds to support programs for people with bleeding disorders.
The 23rd annual tournament starts with registration at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 10 at Lago Mar Country Club, 500 NW 127th Ave. in Plantation. Golf Pro Perry Parker will give a free video swing analysis before the shotgun start at 12:15 p.m. Each participant will receive a round of golf, range balls, golf shirt, goody bag, lunch and dinner. The awards dinner, including a raffle and silent auction, will begin at 5:30 p.m. Cost for a foursome is $800. An individual golfer can play for $225.