To cap off Movember fundraising measures, Canadian Rugby World Cup squad members Ryan Hamilton, Adam Kleeberger and Andrew Tiedemann joined CityTV Vancouver Breakfast TV on-location host Dawn Chubai for a live “shave off” on Wednesday.
Hosted at Vancouver’s Granville Island Brewing Company, the National Senior Men’s Team players joined members of the Vancouver Whitecaps Major League Soccer team for one-last promotion of the month-long fundraising initiative in support of men’s health, specifically prostate cancer.
Kleeberger, who was celebrated during the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand for his fiery play and imposing facial hair, was happy to help grow support for the cause.
“Hopefully our involvement as national rugby team athletes reduces some of the stigma behind having regular prostate exams. I am very proud of how much support the entire rugby community has put behind the Movember movement,” Kleeberger said.
Consisting of members of Rugby Canada’s national teams and players, fans and clubs across Canada, the Canadian Rugby Network’s Movember Canada initiative raised $69,312 for Prostate Cancer Canada.
This shows considerable growth from last year’s already impressive efforts, in which the network raised $48,716.
Movember is a global initiative held during November each year, whereby thousands of men grow moustaches to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer. Funds raised in Canada go to Prostate Cancer Canada.