Entering the final stretch of the Richmond Moustache Challenge, things are getting mo’ hairy, indeed.
Currently in fifth place out of eight local participants, Richmond News director of advertising Rob Akimow went on the defensive when asked for his assessment of the standings.
“Yes, I’m getting my a** kicked, but I’m surprised guys with peach fuzz and ‘moustaches’ are doing better than me,” said Akimow, who is currently sporting what can only be described as a biker handlebar ‘stache gone feral.
None of his challengers were safe. He wondered aloud whether John McGowan, fire chief at Richmond Fire-Rescue, was creeping out the local ladies while vacationing in Mexico; he said Dr. Kenneth Poon from the urology department at Richmond Hospital is just growing a regular beard, and believes the fuzz on Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s Matt “Babyface” Pitcairn looks better on the fruit.
Perhaps his best comments were saved for Lansdowne Centre general manager Jason Roberts and leasing manager Jeff Pockett, who he called “The Magician” and Oddjob (from Goldfinger fame), respectively.
With $1,000 raised so far, Akimow is hopeful there will be a last minute push to reach the donation goal of $3,000. And, to the collective relief of women everywhere (Pittcairn said his wife has told him he’s ruined every photograph taken in November), Richmond Fire-Rescue will be hosting a “Movember Shave-Off” where local barbers will relieve the moustachio’d of their facial creations at City Hall on Nov. 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Akimow advised readers to stay tuned for Friday’s Richmond News for a “special” update picture. Vote for your favourite ’stache at Lansdowne-centre.com/movember.