Mombasa Yacht Club celebrates the Movember Movement

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The recently refurbished Mombasa Yacht Club hosted its first major social event last Sunday, the 29th November.  Under the able stewardship of Natalie Balck more than 200 visitors, members and guests assembled to enjoy the ambiance of this unique venue and to celebrate and support the Movember Movement, a charity set up in 2004 in Australia to raise funds for Research and Treatment of Prostate Cancer. Here in Mombasa the Aga Khan Hospital has adopted it as part of its Anti-Cancer Program together with its Breast Cancer Unit. Also supported was the Mount Kenya Trust a charity committed to the conservation of Mt Kenya’s anti poaching and de-forestation programme.

The Month of November has been adopted internationally as Movember , the 30 days when Mo bros begin to grow moustaches with the support of Mo sistars . The best moustache is then auctioned at a Social meeting at the end of the month..

The Commodore Chris Soper welcomed members and guests and paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of his Committee in recent months. He then handed over the baton to the Auctioneer Alex McGuiness to get the proceedings under way.

Twelve hardy Moustache growers including Kevin, Craig and John Cleave, Nick Dames, Chris Hughes, Jamie Gommersall, Kunj Gupta, Randy Rover, Paul Schwartz, Chris Soper, Dominic Weeks and Warren Wilson sported in front of the audience and then the judges who included Jean Hughes, Helen Antoni, Mehul Dave and Gianci Bonano. Marks were given for three categories, Size of growth, the overall appearance of the owner and how well it fitted his face.

The winner was Dominique Weeks and Runner up Kevin Cleave.

An Auction followed. On offer were substantial prizes donated by well wishers including,

-Buccaneer Diving , Bahari Beach Hotel, Fashion Hair and Beauty Salon ( above Bob’s),  FC’s Sandwich Bar, KUNJ, Leopard Beach Hotel, Maxim’s Restaurant and Bakery,  Mombasa Air Safari,  Mombasa Yacht Club, Mt. Kenya Trust, Solletek, Vipingo Village Fund, Voyager Beach Hotel, Dom Weeks, White Sands Beach Hotel,,

Music was provided by Tony Russo and catering by Aboo and Hiral.

In all over 150,000/= was raised for  the two charities.

The day concluded with a vote of thanks to the staff under the able eye of Eric

Rupia.,-Boniface( cook),–Jacob, James.( Bar), Evans ( Pool), Iddi (Boatyard),

our waitresses Jael, Linda, Roselyn, Kendi, Daniel and our gate man Alfonse.

Finally a sincere thanks to Peter McGhie, Vice Commodore (House) for ensuring the quality and quantity of the food and drinks. A good time was enjoyed by all.

Martin Nelson

Hon. Sec. MYC

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