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Published: November 15, 2012
Ian Wright Lego head with moustache Ian Wright
Dr. Ian Wright, captain of team Fu Mac Chu, before and after the moustache for a cause.

Movember is here and a team of medical residents at McMaster University have ditched their razors and started sprouting facial hair — all in the name of raising money and public awareness about prostate cancer and men’s mental health.

They’re team Fu Mac Chu — a play on the Fu Manchu moustache with its long, thin moustache and tips point downwards.

So far, the team has 12 members and anyone inside and outside of McMaster who wants to join is welcome, said Dr. Ian Wright, team captain who regularly sees the effect of male health issues on men and their families as a urology resident.

The tradition of growing moustaches during November first became popular in Melbourne, Australia in 2003 and has since spread around the world, raising millions of dollars. "It is much more than prostate cancer. A major part is addressing mental health issues because men are under diagnosed and under treated," said Wright.

Via the moustache, Movember aims to fulfill its vision of having an impact on the face of men’s health by sparking conversation and spreading awareness of men’s health each year.

Last year, the McMaster team raised $1,600. Wright hopes to beat that amount this year. The best way to donate is online with a credit card.

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