Monday, October 23, 2006

Welcome to Joe's Mo'

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to the next great online experiment. You’ve stumbled across Joe’s Mo’ – your one-stop shop for all things related to the hideous experiment that is Joe’s venture into charity and advocacy.

As part of the up-and-coming Movember movement, I’ve decided to dedicate my face to a good cause throughout the month of November. And, because I’m an absolute whore for whatever little bit of attention I can get, I’ve started this blog to track my adventures.

Ok, so you’re probably asking yourself, “Self, what is this Movember Joe speaks of?”

Well self, the answer is simple (or as the French say, simple). Movember is an awareness/fundraising campaign aimed at fighting testicular and prostate cancer. Throughout the month of Movember, participants in this exercise will be growing themselves some stylin’ moustaches and collecting pledges from their friends, colleagues and co-workers. These pledges will manifest themselves into dollars and cents that the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation in Toronto can use to carry on the good fight against testicular and prostate cancer.

The rules are very simple and can be read in their entirety on the Movember Canada website. Basically, on October 31, I shave my face clean and start growin’ the mo’. Other facial-hair stylings are acceptable too but the mo’ must be independent and free standing. No connection to any chin hair or sideburns.

For those of you who know me, that’s a big commitment right there. Save for the two months I worked in a pulp mill in BC and regulations prohibited it, I have had some variety of facial hair adorning my chin and lip areas since graduating high school. But every now and again, a cause comes along that is so deserving that one is prepared to make sacrifices.

With the deadline for visage-wiping looming, I will soon be posting a poll so all the loyal Joe’s Mo’ readers can have their say as to what sort of mo’ Joe should grow. And you can expect regular updates and photos chronicling my adventures as a ‘stached warrior.

And please, donate to the cause. You get one of them nifty charitable receipts and everything.

Until then, keep on rockin’ in the mo’ world.

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