By Lt. Roland Ramon, AA/PIO
Correctional Training Facility

Correctional Training Facility (CTF) staff and inmates (even our furry friends with New Life K-9’s) last year helped bring awareness to men’s health issues by supporting Movember Foundation.

Staff and inmates raised $2,000 to help this important cause. Donations were raised by “shear” generosity.

Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches.

Those who participated at CTF grew moustaches to help start the conversation about deadly diseases that affect men, such as testicular and prostate cancer.

Those who already had moustaches or beards on Nov. 1 were required to shave down and start growing a moustache from scratch.

Warden Shawn Hatton joined the cause and shaved his moustache to show support. “I have only shaved off my moustache once since 1993, and my wife said I was never allowed to do it again,” he said.

But in order to lead by example, Warden Hatton defied his wife’s directive and shaved his ‘stache. He said, “This is a great cause and concern for men around the globe. I’m proud to show support, and see the support of our staff and inmates.”

In 2016, Capt. Darren Chamberlain brought the Movember movement to CTF Facility B.

In 2017 the rest of the prison jumped on board. From Administrative staff all the way to the inmate population (even our New Life K9’s service dogs in training) got involved.

Capt. Chamberlain said, “ Not only is this a great organization that brings light to serious men’s health issues, but getting everyone to grow a moustache in the spirit of competition is a great way to invigorate moral amongst staff and inmates.”

Over the last two years as part of the movement, a moustache competition has occurred to see who can grow the best moustache in 30 days. The competitions were held for the inmates on Facility A, B and C, staff also held a competition of their own.

  • Chuck Woods won “Best Moustache” for 2017
  • Frank De La Torre was awarded “Thickest ‘Stache”
  • David Naranjo  was awarded “Best Two-Tone”
  • Chief Deputy Warden Craig Koenig received the “Hard Tryer” award

For those wondering what a “Hard Tryer” is, well it’s someone that tries hard, but just can’t seem to make it happen. Capt. Chamberlain said, “I may be a hard tryer like the CDW, but that won’t stop me from continuing to expand this cause, and one day obtaining the ultimate ‘stache.”

So the stage has been set, and the microphone dropped. It’s now time for the rest of CDCR to get involved. On Movember 1, 2018, prepare to grow that moustache and join the movement!

Movember Foundation was began in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia, and has quickly grown to an international organization. Participating countries now include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA.

In 2003, the cause started with 30 men taking up the challenge, and in 2017 that number has grown to 5,542,507. Over 1,200 men’s health projects have been funded since 2003 as a result.