November may be a hairy month for Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz.
Ghiz has accepted a challenge from Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, who is a friend, to grow a moustache as part of the Movember campaign.
“I was texting with him last night back and forth and I said, ‘you can count on me for a donation but I’m also going to raise some money myself,” Ghiz told The Guardian on Tuesday.
Wall called on Ghiz to make a donation to help him reach his goal of raising $3,000 by Nov. 1. By Monday, the Saskatchewan premier was closing in on $4,000.
Ghiz said he’s not setting a fundraising target.
However, he’s already hit social media, including Facebook, in an effort to raise donations.
“We’re also going to see who can grow the better moustache,” he said. “The only time that I was interested in growing a moustache was when I was a kid and I idolized Magnum P.I. I was too young then to grow a moustache.”
Movember encourages clean-shaven men to grow a moustache in November to raise funds for prostate cancer and men’s mental health. Last year, Canadians raised $42 million.
Ghiz said he’s anticipating some comments as he tries to grow a moustache.
The premiers are meetings in Halifax in late November, so that will give Ghiz and Wall a chance to compare growth.
Ghiz will also have to go through a fall legislative session, including being front and centre during question period daily and in front of the TV cameras, so Islanders will also be able to keep track of his new facial features.
“I don’t know how a moustache is going to look,” he said. “If I’m away on vacation with my wife, I may leave a beard for a few days. She’ll tell me to leave the moustache just to make fun of me a little bit. I don’t think it will be the most complimentary thing in the world but it’s for a good cause and if you get to have a little fun with it along the way, that’s a bonus.”