Pistons Raise Money for Men’s Health

The Steinbach Pistons took part in “Movember” this past month, and they raised a total of $1,600 for men’s health.

Movember was started back in 2003 in Australia as an initiative that allowed men to grow out their mustaches, and women to grow out their leg hair in November in order to raise awareness of various men’s health issues, including prostate and testicular cancer, and mental health awareness as well. The initiative exploded when it expanded into Canada and the United States in 2007.

“I know some people who have been affected, and I wanted to help support them,” defenceman Mark Taraschuk said. “I decided to ask the boys if they wanted to do Movember as well, and lots of them were all for it and wanted to help raise some money.”

The team had to have some fun in the matter, as Taraschuk voted Braden Purtill as the best mustache amongst the players. “You could see his from a mile away,” he said. As for the worst, Taraschuk gave the honor to Tanner Mole. “He put Just for Men on his, and you still couldn’t see it,” he joked.

Overall, Taraschuk said it was a great experience for everyone involved. “We compared moustaches weekly, and at the same time it was doing it for a great cause.”

The Pistons posing with their facial hair while raising money for men’s health.
Back Row (from L-R) Bradley Schoonbaert, Tyson McConnell, Mark Taraschuk, Brady Tatro, Declan Graham.
Front Row (L-R): Braden Purtill, Jack Johnson, Drew Worrad