Once again, a small subset of manly men in Vancouver will use sharp blades and small electric appliances to remove all hair from their face areas. They will then continue to shave said faces on a regular basis except for the area above the upper lip and below the nose, thus creating a mustache.
These mustaches will grow for nearly one full lunar cycle until they reach maturity. As they grow, their owners will collect donations and raise funds for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Being a group of dynamic, mustache-growing men, we’ve decided to set our sights on a new beneficiary of our fundraising efforts. The BC Children’s Hospital, located in Vancouver, does fantastic and important work to take care of the province’s most seriously ill and injured children, from newborn to adolescent.
We’ve always been about the kids, and so is BC Children’s Hospital. So let’s get our “grow” on.
Clean Shave Day is Thursday, November 6th at The Railway Club (Seymour and Dunsmuir) at 8pm!
We’re gearing up again for another year of mustache growin’ good times! Who’s in?!
Our Clean Shave Day kickoff is happening on Thursday, November 14th at the Railway Club (Dunsmuir and Seymour). C’mon down… and bring a friend! You know, the guy with permanent 5 o’clock shadow who loves helping kids… yeah, him!
This year once again we’ll be raising funds for the wonderful kids at Admiral Seymour Elementary in the DTES. Two years ago a teacher at the school wrote an open letter to the people of Vancouver and it really struck a collective nerve (possibly near our upper lips) so we quickly mobilized our mustaches and set to raise funds to help out these kids in need.
It was a very satisfying experience to see the money raised go to such a worthwhile cause. By the time we connected with the school, they’d received a lot of clothing and food donations so what they suggested for our money was that it go towards a series of parent workshops and training:
I wanted to let you know that the mindfulness parent workshops you so generously raised funds for are finally in motion and the first one was a HUGE success! I was absolutely overwhelmed by the turn out and the way our parents participated.
There was an incredible energy in the room that you had to experience to fully appreciate! These parents rarely have the chance to stop, reflect and share what they are experiencing at home with their children and what we heard was so powerful and encouraging. My principal Lani Morden, said it was one of the highlights of her school year, which is really something!
So needless to say, we felt pretty darn good that our little mustachio’d monetary contribution was able to provide such a powerful force of good. Not that surprising though, considering how mustaches are such a magnet for positive energy.
Mustaches for Kids Vancouver is back for 2012 — so before your Mayan calendar runs out and the world ends, watch some grown men grow mustaches to raise money and help kids.
This year we’re collecting donations for United Way Lower Mainland right here in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They’ve got their hands full taking care of a lot of folks (especially kids) around the holidays… so we think it’s worth letting the lip rugs run free for a month to send a little money their way.
Vancouver’s Mustaches for Kids will be back in 2011 for our 3rd annual mustache-growing campaign. Clean Shave Day 2011 will be happening on Thursday, November 3rd at the Railway Club. All new and returning ‘staches will be embraced with open arms (in the figurative sense).
Last year, with a small nucleus of extremely dedicated growers, we raised nearly $2,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of BC and Yukon. I don’t need to tell my ‘stache bros what a great organization they are and how deserving they are of our fundraising efforts.
But this year we’re going to try something a little bit different.
Ever the trendsetting community-focused ‘staches we are, this year Mustaches for Kids Vancouver is going to mix it up and focus our fundraising efforts a little closer to home Some of you may have seen this article in the Vancouver Sun a few weeks ago, reporting on this open letter by Admiral Seymour Elementary teacher Carrie Gelson to the people of Vancouver. When a ‘stache-growing man reads about these great kids having to deal with those kinds of stresses, helping them is a real no-brainer. Even for a bunch of guys that help by growing mustaches. It’s the least we can do.
Let’s show 2010’s fundraising total who’s boss (hint: it’s not Angela OR Tony) and kick it into high gear for the kids of Admiral Seymour Elementary. Through the course of the campaign we’ll learn more about these kids and see exactly where our fundraising dollars are doing and how we’ll make a difference in their lives with donations, food, clothing, books and more. If that doesn’t get your upper lip all tingly, then maybe you need to think about growing a charity mustache once in a while. Hey, why not November 3rd?
If you’d like to join our campaign to restore positive ‘stacheness to the lower mainland for 5 weeks in November (and December), please register now!
I just wanted to say thanks to the small but dedicated group of growers we had out this year for Mustaches for Kids Vancouver. The economy’s been hit hard lately and mustaches are feeling the effects just like everyone else. Despite that, we had 7 growers (plus 1 remote in India… outsourced fundraising) raise a respectable $1,924 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of BC and Yukon. Top fundraiser Shawn McCann deserves a special nod and a pat on the back, and we provided one with a Wii system and games prize pack from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Fantastic work, Shawn!
However, the real story on Thursday at the ‘Stache Bash was young Colin “what’s that on your lip?” Fraser who upset a crop of bushier, fuller mustaches to prove once and for all that mustache “is more in the heart than on the face”. Well done, Colin!
Mustaches for Kids’ Vancouver Chapter is pleased to announce that their 2nd annual mustache-growing campaign will commence with Clean Shave Day 2010 on November 18th, 2010 at a ‘stacheworthy location yet to be determined.
Now is a great time to look back on all that was accomplished in Vancouver in the last 12 months since our inaugural campaign last year. Well, there were a few sporting events event in February but other than that it’s pretty much been lights out on the west coast since we raised a respectable $2, 710 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of BC and Yukon. Really, it was our pleasure.
This year we have high hopes of eclipsing our 2009 fundraising total with MORE growers, MORE mustaches and MORE flamboyant cowboy costumes at the ‘stache bash.
If you’d like to join our campaign to restore ‘stacheness to the lower mainland for 4 weeks in November and December, please register now!
And while you’re admiring Mark’s killer ‘stachitude (referred to by some growers as a “perfect cop mustache”) please enjoy the Mustaches for Kids Vancouver official theme song: ZZ Top’s Manic Mechanic!
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Congratulations, growers! You’ve made it this far… that is to say, you’ve made it to the first day and performed the simple task of shaving your face according to the mustache rules and regulations.
The next step is the hard part — not shaving the area above your upper lip for the next 4 weeks. All that’s left to do now is sit back and watch the follicles have a mustache party on your face.
But, wait! That’s not really the only thing left to do. There’s also some serious fundraising to take care of. Serious FUNdraising. See what I did there? I put the word “fun” into “fundraising” to emphasize that we will enjoy raising money with our beautiful, beautiful mustaches.
Be sure to check out the official 2009 Mustaches for Kids Vancouver Grower Kit — the defacto guide for growing a mustache in the lower mainland for the purposes of raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of BC and Yukon.
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