Thanks to you many children's wishes will come true

Every November, friends and family cringe as I engage in the annual Mustaches for Kids campaign. Through Mustaches for Kids, men around the world band together to raise funds for charities such, the Make-A-Wish FoundationChildren’s Hospital of New Orleans, and San Francisco’s Legal Services for Children.

The local chapter I participate in – Mustaches for Kids Ottawa – raises funds for the Make-a-Wish Foundation – which uses the money to make a sick child’s wish come true.

This year, the mustache-growing men of Ottawa raised over $32,000 for the Make a Wish Foundation. That brings our five year total to $82,000.

Several people noticed my hirsute appearance and contributed as a result. Big thanks to Terry Fallis, Dave Fleet, Guy Skipworth, Eden Spodek and Dave Hicks. Somewhere there is a sick child who feels a bit happier thanks to your generosity.

And thanks to to M4K’s Ottawa organizer Brett Tackaberry for keeping this effort growing for the past five years.

So, for now it’s back to being clean shaven. But don’t worry, I’ll give everyone reason to chuckle at me when I start the whole process over again November 1, 2010.

  • Katie

    Congratulations on participating in a worthy cause! I find it interesting that several charities are using the month or November (or Movember) to raise money by way of facial hair growth.

    Movember has been a growing movement gathering force on facebook and other social media outlets. If you wanted to learn more about the concept of Movember this Wikipedia entry ( really surprised me. I didn’t know it had been around for so long. Or that it started in Australia. Movember officially supports men’s health issues and more specifically prostate cancer. And their official Canadian website is

    Good luck this coming November!

    • Hi Katie. Thanks for the background on Movember. It’s a good cause. And it’s one I’d support if I hadn’t already made supporting Mustaches for Kids my November tradition.

      Whichever cause you support, it’s important to support one. We can all make a difference if we simply choose to get involved.