WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Residents may notice a little more scruff around the city of West Lafayette this month, but Mayor John Dennis said it’s for a good cause.
It’s called “Movember,” an annual event consisting of growing mustaches during the month of November. Participants are raising awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer.
Men are encouraged to stop take part in “No Shave November” and create an online account to raise money for prostate cancer research.
Both men and women can donate to the cause. Dennis said he’s proud to participate.
“You’re in a public position, you can sort of help spread the word through a visual and for elected officials, especially males,” Dennis said. “What greater opportunity than to just let your facial hair grow cause it most certainly attracts attention, I get asked about it all of the time.”
Dennis said he’s going on two weeks without shaving.
“If people come into City Hall here in West Lafayette and see a lot of unkempt, unshaven looking men — it’s not because we’ve sort of let our grooming standards fall down, it’s just because we are trying to support a great cause.”
Several other area cities and counties are participating as well.
If you would like to donate to the cause, visit the Movember Foundation website.