I mentioned a few weeks ago that Mike had agreed to participate in Movember, and I shared my reluctance to look at his goofy face for the entire month in spite of my theoretical support of the really good cause Movember was created to support.  His moustache-growing is now well underway, and it looks like there is the perfect framework for a truly inspirational handlebar lurking amongst his follicles, and I have grown somewhat accustomed to his de-bearded face, so I am pleased to report that I am now fully behind this initiative, BOTH in spirit AND in practice.  If you’re interested in supporting his fundraising efforts (all funds raised go toward research for prostate cancer, something I’m sure we can all agree is a very worthy cause) you can visit his Mo Space page and click a link or two to contribute.  (In case you’re motivated more by pettiness than by generosity, I just discovered that our friend Andrew is currently totally schooling Mike in terms of fundraising, and THAT WILL NOT STAND.)

And because my motto is why ask for contributions to ONE fundraising effort when you can ask for contributions to a MULTITUDE of fundraising efforts, I also want to bring your attention to a project I recently worked on with a client:  this lovely Christmas catalogue, wherein you can contribute a wide range of dollar amounts to a wide range of really cool projects, including everything from buying ice cream for some orphans or making sure kids in developing countries get basic literacy training or malaria treatment, to providing the means for oppressed women to develop marketable skills or the tools needed for refugee communities to have clean drinking water available.  It’s a cool project, it was just launched this week, and it might be the perfect answer to the festive questions of “What do I buy for the person who has everything?” or “If I seriously have to park my car at the mall and then wade through endless throngs of people in the middle of December I will probably kill someone, do you understand me?”