This month, the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office is participating in No-Shave November. Its goal is to raise $5,000, according to a news release.

“We have never done anything like this before, but want to try it this year to see how it goes,” Sheriff Don Read said in the release. “So far, we have raised $610.”

Visit www.no-shave.org to learn more about No-Shave November or www.no-shave.org/org/cowleycountysheriffsoffice to donate to the cause.

October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but November is a month dedicated to men’s health issues, such as prostate or colorectal cancer.

“The movement seems to have been the catalyst of an offshoot awareness campaign to bring men’s health issues to light that started back in 2003 as ‘Movember,’” according to the BeardFarmers website, www.beardfarmers.com.

“That early movement centered around the growing of a mustache through the month while campaigning for donations and pledges for men’s health research dollars. … It is speculated that the awareness efforts from those earlier movements and some residual campaigns have raised as much as $40 million for men’s health research.

“For most, it is an opportunity to let yourself go for a cause and enjoy some camaraderie with other No-Shave November guys. For others, it is a viable way to accomplish some goodwill and resources for what many feel is an under-publicized area of medicine.”

Participants shave for the last time on Oct. 31 and do not shave again until at least Dec. 1. No shaving during the month of November!

It costs to $10 a week, or $40 total, to participate in the sheriff’s office’s fundraising effort. The charities that will benefit are: