It’s again time to again introduce a new feature on viva la roja mierda in honour of the fact that I will be trying to grow a moustache in November as part of Movember which is a month long, global charity initiative to raise awareness, support and funding for serious men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer and male depression (more details below). This weekly feature during the month of November will entail a brief look at the career of a Chilean footballer who were known for sporting a moustache during their playing days – something that you don’t often see. First up is Sergio Livingstone.
For many Sergio Livingstone, a goalkeeper nicknamed “Sapo”, is considered by many to be Chile’s greatest ever player, representing his nation fifty-two times and appearing at the 1950 World Cup in a national career that spanned from 1941-1954. Particularly meritorious was Livingstone’s performance at the 1941 Copa America where he was named player of the tournament after Chile finished third. At club level, in a career than spanned twenty-one years from 1938 to 1959, Livingstone mainly played for Universidad Católica, although he did have spells with Colo Colo and Argentina’s Racing Club. During his three diffent spells with los cruzados he won the national title in 1949 and 1954. Following the end of his career Livingstone became a well-known sports journalist and a television figure with TVN and even had a street named after him in 2009.
What is Movember?
Movember (the month formally known as November) is a month long, global charity initiative to raise awareness, support and funding for serious men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer and male depression. Men grow a Mo (moustache) for 30 days to become walking, talking billboards for our men’s health causes, and women support their Mo Bro’s efforts by registering and recruiting teams and fundraising.
- Movember is the world’s largest non-government funder of prostate cancer research.
- The Movember movement began in 2003 when friends in Melbourne Australia, decided to bring back the moustache. They soon realised their hairy upper lips sparked many conversations, so they decided to put their Mo-growing towards a cause.
- To date, over 1.1 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas across the world – from Hong Kong to Antarctica, Rio de Janeiro to Mumbai – have supported Movember, raising over $AUS 178 million to date.
- There are official Movember campaigns in 10 countries – Australia, Canada, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South African, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.
I’m asking you to support my Movember campaign by making a donation by either:
- Donating online at: http://mobro.co/NeilZimmerman
- Writing a cheque payable to ‘Movember,’ referencing my Registration ID: 58313 and mailing it to: Movember, PO Box 60, East Melbourne, VIC, 8002
Funds raised will help make a tangible difference to the lives of others. Through the Movember Foundation and its men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue – the national depression initiative, they are funding world class research, educational and support programs which would otherwise not be possible.
If you’d like to find out more about the type of work you’d be helping to fund by supporting Movember, take a look at the Programs We Fund section on the Movember website: http://au.movember.com/about