Jimmy Lapointe preps Bruce Mosh for a shave. With it being November

Fundraiser supports men’s health issues

NANAIMO – Donations from burlesque show and local barbershop helps raise money during month of November.

With the calendar changing from October to November, Sports Barbers is raising awareness and money for men’s health for the next month.

Similar to the Movember campaign, which sees men growing moustaches in November for prostate cancer fundraising and awareness, Sports Barbers is following suit with Brovember, said Jimmy Lapointe of Sports Barbers.

A charity burlesque show taking place at The Queen’s Nov. 26, Brovember features The Lost Girls, a burlesque troupe from Vancouver, and benefits the Men’s Centre in Nanaimo, which provides numerous supports to men.

In addition, Lapointe said $2 from beard and moustache trims in November will go to the centre.

“What we try to do is we’re trying to build an event that is kind of encompassing emotional, spiritual and physical health for men,” said Lapointe. “Trying to slowly build in elements of what’s in our community to support men and the challenges that men face.”

According to Lapointe, men’s health is more than just prostate examinations.

“Even the health element of Movember’s really good, it’s good that men get tested when it comes to their prostate, but also to be educated that you can live a healthy life with prostate cancer…” said Lapointe.

“Those are elements we want to try to bring … that education of what’s available for men’s health, that’s kind of our long-term goal.”

Advance tickets to the burlesque show are $20 and available at Sports Barbers, or $25 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show begins at 9 p.m.

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