By Lt. Roland Ramon, AA/PIO
Correctional Training Facility
Soup strainers. Cookie dusters. Lip warmers. Crumb catchers. No matter the name, the mustachioed men at CDCR have a chance to raise money, and awareness, about health issues if they grow their upper-lip whiskers during the month of November. The effort is entirely volunteer driven.
For the third year, staff and inmates at Correctional Training Facility (CTF) are helping to raise awareness and support for the Movember Foundation (which is not affiliated with the No Shave November organization). They will be growing a mustache for 30 days from Nov. 1-30. The effort also raises awareness for men’s health issues.
CTF staff are challenging all CDCR employees to participate. The goal of the Movember Foundation is to stop men dying too young on a global scale by addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
The CTF Movember event has been coordinated by Capt. Darren Chamberlain since 2016. Each year the event has grown in size through participation and fundraising. CTF was even able to get Warden Shawn Hatton to shave his mustache on the first day of the event and start from scratch during a previous event. This was an occurrence that hasn’t happened in over 20 years, so as Capt. Chamberlain said, “Miracles do happen.”
Current Warden Craig Koenig received the “Hard Tryer” award. Notice was put to CDW Martin Biter to not allow it to become the newly anointed “Chief Can’t Grow a Mustache Award.” CDW Biter said it will not.
This year along with the annual mustache completion, CTF will hold a mustache themed bake sale, as well as sell CDCR Movember lapel pins (thanks to Avenal State Prison for the supplier information). In 2017, almost $2,000 was raised for Movember Foundation. The goal this year is to double that amount.
“Now if the rest of CDCR gets on board, that’s where magic can happen,” Capt. Chamberlain said. “So hop aboard and rock a ‘stache.”
(Some websites may not be accessible from a CDCR computer.)
For more information go to https://us.movember.com.