Men’s hoopsters lead the way for Cascades in Movember initiative

Manny Dulay (men's basketball), Garret Hamel (student trainer), Vijay Dhillon (men's basketball) and Dayton Pagliericci (men's volleyball) were among the Cascades athletes who participated in Movember this year.

Manny Dulay (men’s basketball), Garret Hamel (student trainer), Vijay Dhillon (men’s basketball) and Dayton Pagliericci (men’s volleyball) were among the Cascades athletes who participated in Movember this year.

For the second straight year, UFV Cascades student-athletes proudly grew moustaches for a good cause, as part of the Movember initiative.

Movember is a campaign to raise funds and awareness for men’s health issues, including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and physical inactivity. Several UFV men’s basketball, volleyball and rowing athletes, along with student trainers, cultivated their best lip sweaters during the month of November for the cause.

The Cascades’ fundraising champs were men’s basketball players Manny Dulay and Vijay Dhillon, who combined to raise $455. Dulay took his fundraising to the next level by offering UFV sports fans an opportunity to vote – with dollars for donation – on one of four quirky facial hair configurations. The winner was the standard moustache with mutton-chop sideburns, and Dulay carved his beard accordingly after a home game in early November and wore it for the rest of the month.

“I felt like I should give some good suggestions, stuff that people would like to see me do,” he said with a chuckle. “I thought it might encourage people to donate, because it would look funny on my face. When I first trimmed it and looked at my face, I was laughing. But I liked it. I felt like people would see I was doing it for a good cause, and enjoy it just as much as I was enjoying it.”

Dulay, a fourth-year point guard from Surrey, B.C., said that the cancers the Movember campaign is tackling were what motivated him to get involved.

“A lot of people don’t know much about it – they don’t know how serious it can be,” he explained. “My main goal was to help the cause, and do it in a fun way.”

To learn more about the Movember Foundation, or to donate, visit ca.movember.com.

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