The men around Texas Bank might be looking a little different this month as they have taken on the challenge of No Shave November to help raise awareness of men’s health and cancer research.
No Shave November is a month long journey during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness, according to no-shave.org.
“The money you would usually spend on razor products, shaving creams and after shave, they are saying don’t use it, grow your beard out and then donate that money to research funds,” Texas Bank Vice President Trey Segura said. “By doing that you’re going to look real scruffy and that’s the point because people are going to ask you ‘what’s going on?’ and you tell them about No Shave November.”
The men at the local Texas Bank branches have gathered to take on this challenge with a few of them going to a bare face at the first of November and some like Matt Gholson and Drew Butler who did not go bare face but are not going to shave during the month.
“We do a lot of breast cancer stuff here in town and I thought it might be kind of interesting to do something for male cancer stuff and women are welcome to participate if they want to go with hairy legs that’s fine, too,” Segura said.
Texas Bank is in hopes that No Shave November in the next few years will take off and be as big as the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge that was popular.
“I can see Henderson getting behind something like this,” Segura said. “Maybe not this year or next but the year after when things really start kicking off. I may look like a hobo but I’ll be raising awareness for something.”
According to no-shave.org, No Shave November has been around for many years but gained awareness in 2009 when members of the Chicagoland Hill family decided to use it as a means to raise money for charity.
It was a project that held a special meaning to the eight Hill children after their father, Matthew Hill, passed away from colon cancer in November 2007.
One of the ways to donate is through no-shave.org.
“Anyone that wants to do it is welcome to join,” Segura said. “Let’s all look scruffy together.”