My Movember Email

The following is an email I sent out to family, friends, lovers and other random people that gave me their contact info.  Have a look and consider donating to Fukushimo or myself.

Dear Family, Friends, In-Common-Laws and Randoms that I added to this email…

Movember is once again upon us, and I have shaved my illustrious beard in the name of awareness for Men’s health and prostate cancer.  Myself along with the gentlemen of Fukushima-present and Fukushima-past have banded together again as Fukushimo (think Megazord)!
Seven days in, I have a decent Mo (as a girlfriend and as one growing on my face, so 2 Mos).
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But a stellar & ridiculous Mo is not enough!  The machine that is Movember operates off of donations and the more we get, the more magnificent of a collective Mo we can grow, it’s a scientific fact!
So, with that said, I’m emailing all of you in hopes of gaining a donation from you for either myself, or Fukushimo as a team! Anything from a dollar to a million dollars is acceptable.  For donations over a million, just send them directly to my bank account and I’ll make sure it gets to the right people 😉
If you do donate to the team, please share it amongst all of the team members, as we get more stuff that way! Now, as an alternative, you could donate to Drew, but his Mo is far less photoshopped and I’ve already donated to him, so it’s cool, just move on.
What’s in it for you, you may be asking yourself?  Fear not, random friend, in-common-law, girlfriend, family member or other (you categorize yourself accordingly).  For any donation, I will create and send to you a Movember Duck Face Photo, that is the perfect size to be hung in a den, placed on a mantle piece or saved to a hard drive never to be viewed again.  Have a look and tell me you don’t want one of these bad boys…
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Note the personalization there!  It’s a nice touch that you won’t get from other Movember groups!
If all of this isn’t enough for you, check out my epic and sad Movember Shave video on YouTube!  It’s 2 minutes of your life you’ll never get back, but it’s set to some pretty intense music, thank you Requiem for a Dream! (If you’re too lazy to click the link, have no fear, it’s embedded below)
With all of that, I’ll leave you.  Regardless of if you donate or not, I’ll still love/like/include you on mass email blasts in the future, so no worries.  Feel free to share this email around or like Fukushimo on Facebook for the impending Mo-toshop war I am bound to have with Steve Paugh (It is coming sir, oh you wait!).
For those of you that can donate, thank you in advance.  Your thank you will be posted to my Facebook page or Twitter account in the near future.
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MOtoshop War for #Movember

What started out as an innocent little bit of photoshop work to promote my Movember Team Fukushimo, a play on Fukushima, Japan, as the team is made up of current and former residents with a few others sprinkled in, has turned into a game of “Which barely literate idiot can click enough filters on photoshop to best the other.”  It has been a decent bit of entertainment or dare I say, Brentertainment over the last couple days for the masses on facebook and twitter, and by masses, I mean, me, my mother and probably Steve, my worthy advesary.  My last Movember update featured a few of these pics, but I’m going to use this post to update all of them as I’m sure there will be a few more added throughout the month, so feel free to check back later for more.

If you’re feeling generous, head to my Movember Page and donate to me, my team or any other team really and if you want to see what our merry band of Mo Misfits looks like, here are all of our social media hubs of glory.

Now to the MOtoshop! Obviously in chronological order.

It all started so innocently, look at Steve’s face, he just looks like he should be the girl in this right??  I on the other hand, well, look at my rippling abs!

Done by Brent

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A brief Movember/Fukushimo Update

Well, our team is almost at $800 by mid month, but for some reason everything has slowed down quite a bit in the last little while.  Here’s hoping that some of the horribly bad photoshopping I’ve been doing over the last little while creates a spark of some sort.  If you’re wondering what why November and Fukushima have been spelled incorrectly in the title.  I refer you to my previous blog.  For those in the know, click to behold my photoshopping skillz.

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Fukushima + Movember = Fukushimo

Dear friends, family, and people of the internet,

Each year, the Fukushima community comes together in November to take part in Movember.  Former and current international residents of Fukushima prefecture, Japan, combine to make Fukushimo.  Chapters are created in different countries all over the world in order to raise awareness of men’s health and funds are directed to Prostate Cancer societies.  This year I have joined our Canadian team in hopes to raise funds and awareness, as well as to grow a ridiculous moustache.  I have shaved the beard that I have been sporting for the last 5 years, to the probable delight of my mother and the dislike of my girlfriend.  To see me, sans beard, is by itself worthy of your money, as I look ridiculous.

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I ask that you please show your support and donate to our worthy cause.  If donating is beyond your means at this time.  I will allow you to forward this post to at least 5 people as your get out of jail free card.  Please check in on our team and my page from time to time in order to witness the ridiculousness that is grown men competing to grow the most ridiculous moustache.
Thank you,
Brent Stirling
Movember.com – Fukushimo Team (or donate here) (*note, if you are going to donate to the team, please spread it across all members, so we all feel the love)
Here’s our team picture.  Still missing a few members, but it’s a scary sight nonetheless.
Check out this blog post by The Stevolution about Fukushimo as well.  He’s a funny guy.

Pedaling to normalcy in Tohoku.

It seems that even in a time of crisis (yes, it’s still a crisis 2 month after the earthquake), Japanese bureau-crazy still reigns supreme.  There is a serious need for bicycles in Ishinomaki, Miyagi and while the government there has bikes at their disposal, they won’t release them to individuals in need.   A request must be issued by a neighbourhood organization or a shelter in order to receive bikes from the government.  There are quite a few other prefectures that have access to bicycles as well.  But Ishinomaki hasn’t asked these other prefectures for help, even though they are in need and because of that, no one is helping them because the proper protocol isn’t being followed.  This is Japanese pride getting in the way, while it’s commendable, it isn’t helping anyone.  Attempting to circumvent this government system are Bikes for Japan and Free Tohoku, written by OurWomanInAbiko, who I’ve blogged about earlier.  OWIA wrote about the issues facing those who want bikes on the Free Tohoku Blog, here and here.

I was drawn to the plight of those in Ishinomaki who need bicycles by the flutter of tweets from OurManInAbiko.  They sum up the problem succinctly.

Like MMA? Want to help Japan? Buy a shirt

Tokyo Five is a company that bases it’s clothing after the Bushido philosophy.  A large player in the MMA apparel game, Tokyo Five has teamed up with Global Giving in order to raise funds for the relief effort in Japan after the 9.0 earthquake on March 11th.

Image via Cagewriter

The Help Japan Endure tee is only $20.  The Japanese word in the center 耐える (taeru) means endure, to withstand or to bear.  100% of the $20 for the shirt will be given to Global Giving.  Click here to buy it and help Japan.