The shave begins...

The shave begins...

The moustache gets it

Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac says goodbye to 30 years of facial hair as the Columbia Valley RCMP hit their $1,000 Movember fundraising target.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac has revealed his upper lip to the public for the first time in more than 30 years.

While nine other members at the Columbia Valley RCMP detachment are busy growing moustaches for Movember — an annual November fundraising event in which participants grow facial hair to raise money for prostate cancer initiatives — Shehovac agreed to shave his ‘stache off for the first time in decades if members were able to raise at least $1,000.

The call went out last week, and by Tuesday, November 15, the detachment had raised $1,110, with more on the way.

Cst. Tim Harper, who is organizing the RCMP’s Movember efforts, says there was plent of enthusiasm from the community, with people dropping into the detachment with contributions as well as donating online at

“We’re glad Marko was such a good sport,” he adds.

Shehovac will stay clean shaven until December 1.