’Tis the season for ugly sweaters. And while you may fancy your face beautiful, the socially responsible thing to do these days is to wear a mask. So why not wear a mask to match that ugly sweater?

To fill this fashion niche, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Vancouver Aquarium have announced the launch of new ‘ugly Christmas sweater’ face masks that nod to the city’s sea animals, soccer club and upcoming holiday season.

The masks come in three limited-edition designs featuring ‘punny’ phrases like ‘Merry Fish-mas’ and “Tis the Sea-Sun’ and are part of Whitecaps FC’s ongoing campaign to sell exclusive high-performance, locally manufactured athletic face masks, with all net proceeds benefitting the not-for-profit aquarium and its parent organization Ocean Wise.

The reusable, washable face masks are made from performance moisture-wicking fabrics and have a stretch ear-loop for maximum comfort. In addition, an internal sleeve pouch allow the option to insert a filter of your choice in line with Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam’s recommendation regarding three-layer masks where a filter can be added. What’s more, the masks are made right here in BC.

“The holidays are always an important time to help those in need – and our beloved Vancouver Aquarium still needs our support,” said Axel Schuster, chief executive officer of Vancouver Whitecaps FC. “We continue to ask all Vancouverites to support the fundraising campaign to ensure that the 70,000 animals who live at the aquarium get the expert care they need.”

“We are so grateful to the Vancouver Whitecaps, and to everyone who has supported the face mask fundraiser,” said Mackenzie Neale, director of animal care at the Vancouver Aquarium. “With ticket sales, café and gift shop revenue all but eliminated right now, the face mask fundraiser is part of what is keeping the Vancouver Aquarium going during the pandemic. On behalf of all the animals at the Vancouver Aquarium, thank you.”

The Whitecaps FC x Vancouver Aquarium holiday face masks are available for order at vanaquashop.org and on-site at the Whitecaps FC official store while quantities last. Adult masks are available for $19.99 and kid’s masks for $17.99, plus tax and shipping. All net proceeds from the sales will benefit the Vancouver Aquarium and Ocean Wise Conservation Association. 

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