ADAM Ingram, MSP for Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley, is taking on a hairy challenge in support of the world-wide Movember campaign to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues during the month formally known as November.
He is donating his top lip and will grow and nurture a moustache over the course of the month to help change the face of men’s health.
Moustache Season is now open and a cross-party alliance of MSPs have pledged their support for the Movember campaign, which will see thousands of Mo Bros using their moustache to become a walking, talking billboard for 30 days to put men’s health issues firmly on the agenda.
The campaign is also being backed by female MSPs, who are showing their support as Mo Sistas by urging their male colleagues to get hairy in November.
MSPs who have previously taken part are also being encouraged to act as Mo Mentors and offer some hair topiary advice to current Mo Bros in Holyrood. Ingram said: “For the past eight years, Movember has been raising not only much-needed funds for the Prostate Cancer Charity but the issue of prostate and testicular cancer.
“Its popularity has been tremendous and getting men’s health on the agenda has also been a great success story.
“This will be my first Movember campaign and I hope to raise as much through my team Mo-Bros for Independence to ensure the charity can continue to make a difference in peoples lives by raising awareness and putting much needed cash into research.”
Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of The Prostate Cancer Charity, said: “It’s great that Adam is joining me and thousands of men across the UK in ditching the razor in support of The Prostate Cancer Charity. We know that men’s health often lags behind, both in terms of investment in research and in awareness.
“Prostate cancer has certainly been subject to this legacy of neglect and Movember is helping us to redress this balance.”
This year also sees the first Scottish Mo Running 5K event will take place on Sunday, November 20 (10.30am).
Mo Running Race Director, Dave Krangel, explains: “Mo Running fever has spread like facial hair, boldly growing at an unexpected pace! Last year saw the official launch of Mo Running, with runs taking place in London, Milton Keynes and Dublin and all the way down under in Melbourne, Australia.
“Now it’s Scotland’s chance to dress up and go with Mo and pounding the pavements of Glasgow Green in aid of men’s health.”
To register, visit http://glasgow.mo-running.com <http://glasgow.mo-running.com/>. Entry is £15, 10 per cent of which goes directly to the Movember campaign.