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Comox Valley physiotherapists sprouting hair during Movember

Valley physios are growing Movember moustaches to raise funds and awareness for men's health, specifically prostate cancer and mental health initiatives.

The participants include Dan Belcher, Eddy Betinol, Steve Schmidt, David Da Silva, Trevor Wilson, Gord McIlroy, Jamie McDowell and Ben Chatterson.

Along with growing facial hair, the physios have circulated a poster containing their mug shots at each of their clinics.

"We're just trying to make patients and people in general aware of men's health, and getting men out to have their prostates checked and stay on top of their health issues," Belcher said.

Each clinic is raising funds. The public can also donate to any of the physios at ca.movember.com. Their collective goal is to raise $8,000.

Movember — which began in Melbourne, Australia — has more than 1.9 million mo bros and mo sistas worldwide who participate with formal campaigns.

At the end of the month, some participants throw a Movember party. Belcher and company plan to "compare moustaches" at a social gathering.

Funds raised are directed to programs run by Movember and Prostate Cancer Canada.

reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

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