When my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015 my heart broke. Luckily though, he was fortunate; surgery removed the cancer and he’s now as heathy as I’ve ever known him. But prostate cancer is still the most common cancer amongst men, and equates to approximately 8% of all diagnosed cancers. It’s likely that someone you know has been, or will be, affected.
Therefore, I LOVE Movember; a worldwide charity movement that encourages men to get sponsored to grow a Moustache throughout November. Not only is it for a great cause, but the results are often hilarious (sorry, boys!) and it makes for some great fun. It’s a fantastic way to raise money and awareness, as men notice the influx of facial hair in offices and bars, which kick starts much needed discussions about men’s health (let’s face it, men aren’t the best for talking about this). Raising awareness is a huge part of tackling prostate cancer as many men go undiagnosed, refusing to visit a doctor to discuss their symptoms.
Now in its fourth official year in Hong Kong, our local Movember campaign focuses on raising funds and awareness for prostate cancer in Hong Kong, and the funds raised stay here, which means the campaign serves to make a real difference in the local community.
Read more: Sassy Supports: The Movember Foundation
So, what’s happening around Hong Kong?
Getting right into the “spirit” of things, Gaucho is offering eight new cocktails inspired by different moustache styles. The “Mo” cocktails are all named after the moustache styles suggested in this year’s official Movember style-guide, and will be priced at $128 each. The restaurant will also be offering a free glass of Argentinian sparkling wine to anyone with a moustache on Sunday, 19 November!
Gaucho, 5th Floor, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, 2386 8090, www.gauchorestaurants.com/restaurants/hong-kong
The newest addition to the Beef & Liberty menu, El Cabrón ($118), will act as the restaurants Movember hamburger, and in fiery support of this good cause, for every one sold, $5 will be donated. This charitable donation will also be given for each burger sold at Beef & Liberty’s Food Truck, and a special Movember Set Lunch (12pm to 3pm), will be available throughout November. For $162, get an El Cabrón, fries and a drink, and $5 will be donated to the Movember Foundation.
The restaurant is also hosting a Mo Quiz Night on Tuesday, 14 November, along with an End of Mo Party on Thursday, 30 November. For more information on any of the events, be sure to check out Beef & Liberty’s Facebook page!
Beef & Liberty, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, 3/F, California Tower Lan Kwai Fong, Central, 2450 5778, www.beef-liberty.com/hk
For Movember’s launch on Wednesday, 1 November, 208’s weekly event, Highballs and Meatballs, will be getting a makeover! At Mo Balls and Meatballs expect the usual high balls and bar snacks for $50, along with Hong Kong barber, Afer Law (from Handsome Factory), on hand to provide complimentary shave downs for all Movember participants. Clean canvases start here, boys, with 10% of sales from the evening donated to the Movemeber Foundation!
Along with the launch event, throughout November at 208, all sales of the espresso martini, ($90) will see $30 going to the Movember Foundation, along with a complimentary moustache for anyone who buys one. Share a picture with the hashtag #movemberhk and tag @movember to start the conversation and raise more awareness for this great cause.
208 Duecento Otto, 208 Hollywood Road, Hong Kong, 2549 0208, www.208.com.hk
On Saturday, 25 November, Rhoda’s monthly event The Whole Hog will become The Whole ‘Mo. Tickets are $320 for unlimited servings of Middle White Pork, and accompanying veggies, along with two-hours of free flow for an additional $238.
Rhoda, 345 Des Voeux Rd W, Shek Tong Tsui, Hong Kong, 2177 5050, www.rhoda.hk
Coyote is giving us a great excuse for a night out this month, with 10% from the sale of ALL drinks throughout November being donated to the charity. It will also be getting the month off to a great start with a launch party on Wednesday, 1 November from 7pm.
Coyote, 114-120 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2861 2221, www.coyote.com.hk
Pizza Express has added a range of “Mo” inspired dishes for this month, including Mo-Balls and the Mo-Rino or Mo-Rosso Pizza. For every purchase of these dishes, the restaurant will donate $5 to The Movember Foundation. All customers can also get mo snappy by posting any moustache-inspired images on the Pizza Express Facebook page. For every photo posted, Pizza Express will donate a further $1 to Movember.
The doctor is bringing awareness to awareness to men’s prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention with an Iron Balls Masterclass. On 18 November from 5pm to 7pm, learn how to make some gin-tastic concoctions while you promote a worthy cause. All proceeds will go to charity. And if you can’t make it, be sure to support its Movember fundraiser by clicking here.
Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour, Shop B31A, First Basement Floor, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.drfernshk.com
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