2010 Movember mustache grow raises $63 million worldwide
Although the charity mustache-growing month known as Movember wrapped up a good 10 days ago, folks were still able to donate through Dec. 9, so we couldn't get a good bead on how much money had been raised this year to fund cancer research and awareness campaigns through the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
But now the preliminary numbers are in (there are still some matching funds that need to be counted, a Movember representative tells us), and the 64,438-strong American contingent of the global effort (up from 28,206 last year) raised $6,941,189 -- more than double last year's fundraising of $3.2 million and far beyond the organization's hoped-for $5 million.
National bragging rights go to our Northern neighbors -- Canadians raised more than $20.5 million this Movember, just a whisker ahead of Australia (where the charity began in 2003) at $20.3 million.
Worldwide, approximately 455,000 participants raised close to $63 million this year, compared to the 255,000 who raised $42 million in 2009.
-- Adam Tschorn
Photo: Canadian members of Parliament and staffers who participated in this year's Movember efforts brandish a mustache cutout in Ottawa on Nov. 30. Credit: Chris Wattie / Reuters.