Jamie McGrigor, Highlands & Islands MSP, has signed a parliamentary motion backing the success of the Movember campaign and applauded the thousands of ‘Mo Bros’ across Scotland who grew a moustache to help change the face of men’s health.
In backing the motion Jamie showed his support to the Holyrood group, including MSPs Liam McArthur and Ken Macintosh, who gave their top lip a month long razor-rest to grow and groom a moustache as part of Movember, to help raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues.
Movember – which aims to ‘change the face of men’s health, one moustache at a time’ – has chosen Prostate Cancer UK as its principal partner and beneficiary for funds raised in the UK.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in Scotland. It is almost as common – and deadly – for men as breast cancer is for women.
Jamie McGrigor – who appear to have fought shy of disguising his own lip – says: ‘I pay tribute to some of my MSP colleagues and many hundreds of my constituents throughout the Highlands & Islands who took part in Movember and helped raise the profile of efforts to tackle prostate cancer as well as vital funds for the charity Prostate Cancer UK.’
Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of Prostate Cancer UK, says: ‘Even though – on the face of it – Movember appears to be a lighthearted initiative, it has been hugely successful in raising millions of pounds to dramatically increase research into prostate cancer and enhance support services for men with the disease. It is also a fantastic way of getting younger men to start thinking about their health.
‘Despite being the most common cancer in men in Scotland, and the fact that it is projected to be the most common cancer overall by 2030, prostate cancer has not received the priority it deserves historically, leaving us decades behind where we need to be. Working together, Movember and Prostate Cancer UK are helping to redress this balance by putting men’s health firmly in the spotlight.
Since its humble beginning in Melbourne Australia in 2003, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 1.1 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate so far.
So far in 2012 over 350,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas have registered to support the campaign which raised over £22 million in the UK in 2011. These funds have helped support Prostate Cancer UK’s vital work fighting prostate cancer on every front – though research, support, information and campaigning.