Sarasota Police Officers Participating in Movember Campaign

SARASOTA, Fla. -- November 1, 2016 -- 11 a.m.

Several Officers with the Sarasota Police Department are participating in the annual Movember campaign, which challenges men to grow a moustache and both men and women to be physically active – all of which spark conversations and raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health.  Officers choosing to take part begin on November 1st clean-shaven and grow a moustache for the month.

Sarasota Police Officer David Kennedy started the ‘SPD Moustache Mayhem’ team three years ago.  “This is a different and fun way for us to raise awareness and money for men’s health,” said Officer Kennedy.  “We all have fathers, brothers, spouses, friends and neighbors who are facing prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health problems or are considering suicide and it’s not always talked about.  This is an opportunity to change that,” said Officer Kennedy.

Movember started in 2003 when two men in Australia and their friends decided to grow moustaches for the month of November.  The following year, they registered as a charity and donated proceeds to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.  Since then, both participation and proceeds have gone global.  According to the Movember website, $710 million has been raised since 2003.

The official fundraising team page for ‘SPD Moustache Mayhem’ is at http://moteam.co/spd-mostache-mayham

Movember media kit can be found at https://us.movember.com/