Community members visiting Portage Health may have noticed an above average amount of mustaches during the past month, as dozens of Portage Health staffers participated in the annual Movember campaign, raising awareness and funds for men’s health issues by growing a little above-lip below-nose fuzz.
“I’ve grown a Movember mustache for a couple years now, so I was really happy to see my coworkers join me in the cause,” physical therapist Mark Kargela said. “We had a lot of fun, and I’m proud of the $250 plus we raised during our shave off event, and photo booth in the café last week.”
All of the money is being donated to the Movember Foundation, which uses the money to support mens’ health issues.
More than two dozen employees participated in the shave off on October 31, and 19 staffers competed in a Man of Movember photo contest during the holiday week. The winner was fellow therapist Adam Kerry, who was lauded throughout the hospital for his facial hair and was given a Movember Sash after being named Man of Movember.
“I was disappointed I didn’t win the contest, but that’s a credit to the incredible mustaches some of my co-workers were able to grow during the month,” said Kargela, who organized this year’s festivities. “We had fun this year, and we’re looking forward to raising more money and involving the community more for Movember 2014.”