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Fuzz get fuzzy for men’s health

Michael Labossiere, the captain of the Burnaby Fuzz team of RCMP members participating in Movember, checks the progress of his own moustache. More than 20 members are hoping to defend their title as the top fundraisers amongst police forces across Canada. - MARIO BARTEL/NEWSLEADER
Michael Labossiere, the captain of the Burnaby Fuzz team of RCMP members participating in Movember, checks the progress of his own moustache. More than 20 members are hoping to defend their title as the top fundraisers amongst police forces across Canada.
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Tom Selleck’s upper lip is safe from Neil Roemer.

The corporal with the Burnaby RCMP is the first to admit he’ll never be able to grow a moustache that can compare to that of the Hollywood actor known for his lip adornement. In fact, a week into his own attempt his stubble is decidedly lopsided as one side grows quicker than the other.

But, he says, he’s willing to endure the snickers and jibes because he’s letting his facial hair go for a good cause.

Roemer is part of The Burnaby Fuzz, a collaborative effort by about 20 members of the Burnaby RCMP to grow moustaches for Movember, a global campaign to raise money and awareness for men’s health issues like prostate cancer.

Last year, members of the force collected more than $22,000, tops amongst all police forces across Canada.

Michael Labossiere, the captain of the Fuzz, says he’s confident his crew is up to the challenge of defending their mantle amongst the moustachioed. Although he too faces an uphill struggle when it comes to cultivating his own cookie duster.

“It’s not exactly a look I can pull off,” says Labossiere. “I take a lot of grief.”

This is his third Movember. He got involved after hearing about the initiative from friends in Australia, where it started in 2003 as a bet between two buddies to see who could grow the best moustache. Friends and relatives joined in and transformed the challenge into a fundraising effort for prostate cancer. Last year more than 854,000 participants around the world raised $125.7 million.

As an officer involved with community programs, Movember was an easy campaign to get behind says Labossiere.

“It’s part of our public service.”

Which is exactly why Roemer decided to park his razor until the end of the month. “I just thought it was my turn to get involved.”

But he’ll be unleashing the shaving cream as soon as the calendar changes to December.

“This is sort of an embarrassing effort,” he says of his cockeyed whiskers.

To find out more, or to support a Mo Bro: http://ca.movember.com

 

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