Monday, November 12, 2012

Movember Mondays at GWMS


St. James students making a difference with moustaches
“Movember Mondays” at George Waters Middle School

WINNIPEG, Movember 9, 2012 – Local organizers of the Movember campaign will be saying a special thank you to the students at George Waters Middle School at a school assembly at 9:15 am, Wednesday, Movember 14.

Students and staff are doing their part to change the face of men’s health by designating Mondays during November as “Movember Mondays”.  On Mondays, a minimum donation of 25¢ provides them a sticker showing their support of Movember.  They also have the opportunity to purchase moustaches for either 50¢ or $1.  The school’s first Movember Monday moustache drive this week raised over $50 in support of prostate cancer research and men’s health initiatives.

The grade 6-8 school is also setting their GymBlasts around the moustache theme during Movember. 

“Some male staff grew moustaches for Movember in 2010 and thought it would be fun to have the kids get involved in our moustache adventure,” said Carmen Bonnici, teacher and Movember participant.  “Movember Mondays were created that year allowing students to purchase their own 'staches' for a nominal donation – every little bit helps.  It also fostered conversations at school and at home about cancer, its effects, and how funds raised from Movember Mondays can help. This is our 3rd year and it is getting bigger and better.”

Movember at GWMS: a video:

Principal Andrew Mead tweets during the first Movember Monday:

“You don’t need to be a man growing a moustache to get involved in Movember and make a difference, and George Waters Middle School is a tremendous example of this,” said Jeff Palson, Movember Winnipeg Co-Chair. “We want to recognize and salute the students and staff for their efforts and contribution.”

Media are invited to attend:
Wednesday, Movember 9
9:15 am – 9:30 am
George Waters Middle School
190 Ferry Road
Special Instructions
Please allow enough time to check-in at school office and receive a visitor pass before proceeding to the assembly, which will be in progress.
Media Availability
Media are invited for photography/filming purposes

Available for interview following the assembly:
·       Andrew Mead, School Principal
·       Carmen Bonnici, Teacher and Movember Monday organizer
·       George Waters Middle School students
·       Jeff Palson, Movember Winnipeg Co-Chair

For the latest news and updates about local Movember events, visit or follow @MovemberWpg on Twitter.

About Movember
Movember aims to forever change the face of men's health through the power of the moustache, by raising awareness and funds that will reduce the number of preventable male deaths by cancer. Since its inception as a charity event in 2004, over 2 million participants have raised almost $300 M for its causes, with official Movember campaigns taking place in twenty one countries. For more information please visit

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