Hairy Charity: Students embrace No – Shave November

Patrick Cook (11) enjoyed his participation in No-Shave November so much that he decided to keep his bear after the month was over.

Patrick Cook (11) enjoyed his participation in No-Shave November so much that he decided to keep his bear after the month was over.

Instead of an awareness walk, fundraiser or bake sale, one popular non-profit organization focuses on not shaving for a month.

No-Shave November is an organization that advocates for prostate cancer awareness by letting body hair grow. The mission statement on their website summarizes their goal as an organization as “to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you usually spend on shaving and grooming for a month to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.”

The site even encourages women to not shave for the month of November as well. “Participate by growing a beard, cultivating a mustache, letting those legs get mangly, and skipping that waxing appointment.”

In order to make an impact the organization allows people to donate and purchase merchandise on their website.

The organization also has participants in the high school. “In all honesty I saw ‘No-Shave November as an excuse to not shave for an entire month. I guess in doing so I came to represent what the event is truly about, whether or not I set out to or not,” Andrew Hensley (12) said.

Most of the students who participated in the event found that it was fairly easy to do. In essence, all that the organization asks participant to do is to not shave for a month.

“I’m not quite at the full beard point but, for my age, I believe that I can grow facial hair pretty well,” Junior Jason Otis said.

More information about the No-Shave November movement can be found on their website at: http://www.no-shave.org.

By Vaughn Cockayne

cockayne.vaughn@oakwoodschools.org

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