Dickson achieves Movember fundraising target

Dr. Mark Dickson did a 'Hulk Hogan' photoshoot before shaving his Movember moustache. jpg, TN

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For the fifth consecutive year, Dr. Mark Dickson in Tillsonburg grew a Movember ‘stache’ and collected pledges from the community.

“My goal was $2,000 and the final amount is $2,570,” said Dickson, noting his five-year total is $9,937.

Next year he anticipates surpassing $10,000 raised.

“$10,000 is a big number,” he said, noting if you raise $2,000 you are a ‘Legendary Mo.’


Dr. Mark Dickson poses in his Hulk Hogan costume after reaching his $2,000 Movember fundraising goal. (Contributed) jpg, TN


Dickson, his wife Anna, and their two children also achieved the family’s fitness goal of walking 60km – they were able to complete 61km in the month (with their children in strollers).

“That gave us all family time as well. A lot of nights weren’t the most favourable in November with it either raining or snowing, but we still went for a walk.”

The walks included a couple trips to London, and the family was able to follow the Santa Claus parade route to complete about 8km.

“We do longer walks on weekends and maybe 2km every couple days in the evenings. It’s something we’ve been doing a lot the past couple of years – we enjoy walking through the town. In November, it’s just that the season isn’t as favourable with the rain and snow, so this definitely did encourage us. We walked a lot more in November than we have in the past. So it was a good motivator.”

With about four days left in the Movember campaign Dickson admitted he was getting a little nervous as to whether they would reach the fundraising target. But donations kept coming in.

“There’s always some doubt, but I very, very pleased to reach that goal with the help of the community.”

Dickson had made a promise this year that if he achieved the $2,000 goal he would dress up like wrestler Hulk Hogan for a quick photoshoot.

“That was a process in itself,” laughed Dickson, who dyed his moustache blonde. “I got some hair products… and my wife helped put this concoction together. It kind of felt numbing, then it burned so I had to take it off after 10 minutes.”

It wasn’t as blonde as he wanted, so he tried bleaching it another 15 minutes.

“That’s about as much as I could handle.”

He achieved the ‘ultimate’ Hulk Hogan look by finding clothing items at Salvation Army and borrowing items from friends who are wrestling fans, including a title belt.

“It was so much fun to do,” said Dickson, who shaved it the next day.

“I’d like to say thanks to the town of Tillsonburg and all my supporters over the past five years for helping me achieve the goal this year, and in five years raising almost $10,000.

“I will be doing it again next year, and I will be looking for new ideas for reaching my goal. Hulk Hogan was a lot of fun.”