I can start this post by giving you statistics and tell you how exactly Movember came about, but I am not going to bore you with such information, as I am certain you have seen it on many a faces of men.

What I will do is tell you my story…

My grandfather, Reginald Basil Betteridge, passed away in 1999 at the age of 69, from Prostate Cancer. Unfortunately for him, once detected – it was too late. I was fortunate enough to be with him, and help him from the living room to the bedroom and into bed – unfortunately this day was his last day with us. It would break any man’s heart to see a strong, independent, proud individual – a real man amongst men as old Reggie, deteriorate into a weak, helpless person whom is unable to assist himself with basic day-to-day tasks that we take for granted.

In December 2011, my mother lost her 6 month fight against Pancreatic Cancer – my whole world came to a complete standstill.

The aforementioned (unfortunate) events are the two reasons why I have decided to support any cause related to the cancerous disease. Any fight against cancer, is a good one! In November 2012 I took the step and completely shaved my goatee – which I have confidently showcased for the past 10 years. I will continue to do so for every November forthcoming! This is a battle we will win!

I’d like to personally invite EVERY MAN reading this, to get involved and ask each woman to support her partner when doing so!

To learn more, visit the Movember website and join our Team Cape Grace.


1 November marks the start of the increasingly popular, Movember initiative, originally started in Melbourne, Australia in 2003. The idea is to have men start the month, clean-shaven, and not touch a razor for 30 days. Dependent on your ‘Mo design’, you may get strange looks, but THIS is your opportunity to share your reasoning: you can tell them, “I’m changing the face of men’s health!” or perhaps, “Did you know, Prostate Cancer strikes 1 in 6 men?” You can also add, “Testicular Cancer is the most common cancer for men aged 18-35”.

Are you part of the Movember movement?

Written by Henry Betteridge, Food & Beverage Cost Controller

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