Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Voice Of Sport And Movember!!

This article was first published in the November 3rd edition of Main Street Week and is reprinted here with permission from the editors. Drop by Main Street Week News to have a look at a great community newspaper or sign up and have Main Street Week delivered right to your inbox.

Noticed A Few New Moustaches Around Town?
Business Garfoose And The Voice Support Movember!
Halloween has come and gone, but you may notice that several men in your neighbourhood are sporting moustaches these days. No, these newly cultivated ‘staches are not remnants from a frightful costume or a Tom Selleck look-alike contest - the calendar has turned the page to November, which means it is also Movember.

In 2003, a group of men in Australia created Movember, a movement that has now swept through many countries and around the globe. Dedicated to helping raise awareness of men’s issues (in Canada it is prostate cancer), participants lend their upper-lip to charity, growing moustaches and raising much needed funds. While some men may look silly with a moustache (me for example!), the “Movember” movement in Canada raised $7.8 million for Prostate Cancer Canada last year.

According to recent statistics, prostate cancer will affect 1 in 6 Canadian men this year, making it the most common cancer to afflict men in our country; 4,400 men will die of the disease this year. While Movember participants are having fun with their new-look moustaches, the simple act of letting your “Mo” grow helps Prostate Cancer Canada develop new programs related to raising awareness, education, support for those affected by the disease, and new research focused on the prevention, detection, treatment, and hopefully a cure.

Many current and former NHL players have joined in the battle against prostate cancer. Retired NHL player Lanny McDonald and his world famous moustache is a spokesman for the Movember movement. With that in mind, The Voice of Sport has jumped on board to support this important event. My upper-lip will be a little warmer this month...

If you would like more information on Movember, or if you would like to support my moustache, drop by my website, The Voice of for a link to my donation page and Movember Canada’s website.

TVOS and The Hockey Writers Present “Ask the Alumni”

Along with my web site and my columns here at Main Street, one of my jobs as a sports columnist is writing for The Hockey; I cover the Ottawa Senators and the NHL Alumni for the site. It is an exciting time in my career, as The Voice of Sport, The Hockey Writers, and the NHL Alumni Association recently teamed up for a new project - “Ask the Alumni”

When our favourite NHL players retire, they may leave the spotlight of the NHL, but they never leave the hearts and minds of their fans. To help bridge the gap between hockey fans and their hockey heroes, with the assistance of NHL Alumni Executive Director Mark Napier and Media Relations Coordinator Dylan Wade, I will be interviewing an Alumni member each month for The Hockey Writers. Here is my favourite part of the project - the readers get to supply the questions.

I would like to invite Main Street readers to join in on this project - Who is your favourite retired NHL player and if you could ask him one question, what would it be? Our first NHL Alumni guest is Lanny McDonald and his famous moustache! Send me an email at with a question for Mr. McDonald or to suggest an Alumni guest.

That is it for this week folks - remember to support Movember and the many fresh, new moustaches that will be sprouting up this month! Have a great sports day everyone.

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