I gotta say I love this decision from Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews.
Matthews has been sporting an ornament for some time now that has been the subject of much debate among fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs, I am of course referring to his mustache. Matthews' decision to rock the stache has been a hilarious one given just how much fans have reacted to it both in a positive and a negative manner, with some obviously loving it while others hate the thing.
Matthews, who very carefully crafts his public image, is fully aware of the drama that his decision to sport a mustache has caused and now he is directing all of that energy into something incredibly positive. As many of you know the month of November is when Movember takes place, a cultural event that has taken root in recent years in which men around the world do their best to raise funds and awareness for men's health causes both mental and physical. Matthews will be doing his part this year to bring awareness to the cause, and potentially some big bucks as well, by issuing a challenge to the Toronto Maple Leafs fans who want the stache to go.
Matthews published a message on social media, one that was accompanied by a short video, in which he states clearly that if he is able to raise $134,000 for Movember before the end of the month, he will chop off the stache for charity. Not only is this a really fun event for Matthews to put together but it is also for a great cause, so I have nothing but good things to say about it.
Here's the message in Matthews' own words:
Some of you love it, most of you hate it. And now, the fate of my moustache is in your hands. If I raise $134,000 by the end of the @Movember, I am committing to shave off this muzzy in support of a great cause. Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health on a global scale. They are making change happen by investing in these critical areas: mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, funding ground-breaking health projects to help men live happier, healthier, longer lives.
And you can watch the short clip and find more information about the cause on his instagram which is linked below.