Michele Anderson

Officers with beards and yellow ribbons all for a good cause

Michele Anderson, Public Safety Communications Manager, 509.622.5868

Monday, October 22, 2018 at 4:16 p.m.

Officers with beards and yellow ribbons all for a good cause

It’s that time of the year again where community members will see some Spokane Police (SPD) Officers wearing yellow ribbons and sporting beards, rather than their usual clean-cut appearance. It’s all for a good cause. No Shave November, also known as Movember, is an annual event involving the growing of beards and mustaches during November to raise awareness of various cancers.

“This is our second year participating in this community campaign, helping to raise awareness and support cancer prevention, research and education,” says Neighborhood Resource Officer David Kaurin. “Each of us has been impacted by cancer in one way or another and we want to do something that will help make a difference.”

Participating officers will be wearing a yellow ribbon on their uniform and must donate a minimum of $50 to be able to grow facial hair and be excused from the department’s uniform/appearance guidelines. The proceeds collected will be donated to the Community Cancer Fund to help fight cancer in the Inland Northwest. Last year SPD raised more than $3,500 for the Community Cancer Fund.

Originating in Australia, Movember started as an annual event involving the growing of moustaches to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men's suicide. The goal was to "change the face of men's health." No Shave November started in Chicago in 2009 after a father passed away from colon cancer, and his eight sons and daughters started the campaign to honor him.

SPD believes in the power of its relationship with the community, and hopes individuals will follow by participating and donating to cancer research throughout the month of November. To donate to the Community Cancer Fund click on the Donate button below.

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