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Let the lip sweater grow: Tri-City teams ready for Movember

Firefighters, as well as male utility workers and business employees are growing out their moustaches this month to support men’s mental health, suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

A number of Tri-Cities teams are building awareness, raising money and growing moustaches this month for the annual Movember drive.

The campaign to support men's mental health, suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer started Tuesday, Nov. 1, and lasts the full month.

In Coquitlam, firefighters are hoping to best last year’s fundraiser by $1 to collect at least $12,632; so far, the group under Michael Paine, Jr., has brought in $630.

Adam Janis is the captain for the City of Coquitlam utilities division that has a target of $1,000 while Team BA & CRC — BA Blacktop and Coquitlam Ridge Constructors — has set a goal of $5,000.

Port Coquitlam fire crews are also back in action: Last year, members raised $5,520 for the cause through the online donation page and annual ice hockey tournament to close the effort.

This year’s hockey game is at Planet Ice in Coquitlam on Dec. 1.

"As firefighters we have a long-standing commitment to safeguarding the well being of our community," Will Brodie, president of the Port Coquitlam Professional Firefighters Charitable Society, told the Tri-City News.

"This includes not only responding to emergencies, but also taking proactive measures to support the health and welfare of our fellow citizens."

Meanwhile, lip sweaters are also being grown out in Port Moody, where firefighter “Mo Bros” are stepping up to the plate with individual calls.

To donate or create your own fundraising team, you can visit the Movember website.