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Movember worldwide record set by Canadian man

Reed Ludwig of the central Canadian province of Saskatchewan grew his mustache to raise money for prostate cancer and men's health issues.

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A Canadian man was celebrated for raising the most money worldwide with his Movember mustache. (Reed Ludwig/Facebook)

A Canadian man was said to have raised more money than anyone else worldwide for Movember.

Reed Ludwig of the central Canadian province of Saskatchewan grew his mustache to raise money for prostate cancer and men's health issues.

He raised $96,321.

Ludwig was honored by the province's premier who gave him a certificate of merit and a photo op.

"It's quite overwhelming," said Ludwig, according to CBC News.

"I still don't know how to describe it ... the support has been unbelievable."

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Ludwig is an electrician at MEG Energy, an oilsands company.

MEG had a "grow-off" competition 10 days before the beginning of Movember to see who would represent the company in 2012, said CBC.

Ludwig won and was forced to shave off the first mustache to grow his official Movember 'stache.

Ludwig set out to raise $50,000 initially but his early estimates were nearly doubled.

CTV News reported that Canada raised more than $38 million for the campaign - more money than any other country.

Movemberwas invented in 1999 by a group of young men in Australia.

The annual, month-long event has caught on around the world with the official foundation raising nearly $200,000 for prostate cancer and other men's health charities.

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