Movember movement grows in Stettler area

Stettler bylaw-enforcement and animal-control officer Kevin Duval is a first-time “Movember” participant.

Stettler bylaw officer Kevin Duval shows off his “Mo” in the first week of Movember

Stettler bylaw officer Kevin Duval shows off his “Mo” in the first week of Movember

Stettler bylaw-enforcement and animal-control officer Kevin Duval is a first-time “Movember” participant. He’s growing a moustache for a worthy cause.

Each November, men across the nation sprout a moustache in a program known as Movember to raise funds and promote awareness of men’s health issues, particularly prostate cancer.

Movember is billed as “changing the face of men’s health.”

Men donning moustaches are effectively walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November to promote awareness of often ignored men’s health issues.

Duval, captain of the Alberta Animal and Municipal Enforcement Services team, said that though there’s a competition to see who raises the most funds, the agency’s main motivation in its first year of involvement is to promote awareness of prostate cancer and the effects it has on men’s health.

“Awareness is something that is very important and a prostate examination is something that shouldn’t be put off,” Duval said.

He’s among five officers in the team raising funds for the worthy cause.

He said people interested in supporting the event can drop off a donation at the Town of Stettler office or go online to donate.

Financial supporters have the option of pledging their contributions to a favourite officer or to the team.

Tax receipts will be issued for donations of more than $20, Duval said.

He said his group is interested in making Movember in the Stettler area “a bigger and better event every year.”