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Thursday, November 11,2010

Stiff upper lips

Mustaches vs. Cancer contest is now in its third year

by Kritika Bharadwaj
(Thursday, Nov. 11) Phrases
like “Get your ‘stache on” and “Grow a rug on your mug!” are some of the
slogans of the Mustaches vs. Cancer Charity, which is midway through its annual
drive to collect donations for the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in
New York City.

It’s
a fund-raiser and a contest. Competitors with names like Sir Stachelot,
PutzStachio and Mr. Tickles post their photos on the Mustaches vs. Cancer
website (www.mustachesvscancer.org)
and visitors are invited to donate dollars to their favorites. Some, like
TroopK3087, have collected over $1,000; others are still waiting for their
first dollar.


“This
is our third year doing this,” says founder and coordinator Stefan Turkula. “In
college, my friends and I grew mustaches for fun. I was working at the Memorial
Sloan-Kettering at the time and I kept thinking about how you could grow a
mustache as a job: you know, have people give money for someone growing a
mustache to keep them going. I also thought it’d be pretty funny to see guys in
their 20s to 30s growing mustaches, ‘cuz it’s not exactly a fashion statement
anymore.”


The
number of contributors and competitors has increased each year. According to
the website, the first two competitions brought in over $75,000 in donations.
The contest concludes Nov. 28.

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