Face-off for fundraiser

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The City of Kar­ratha has upped the stakes for Movem­ber with a dose of friendly com­pe­ti­tion be­tween its staff and councillors.

Eight mem­bers of the ex­ec­u­tive team and staff are fac­ing off against five councillors for an epic bat­tle of the mos, to find out who can grow the finest mous­taches around the of­fice and raise the most money for the monthly men’s health cam­paign in the process.

Rep­re­sent­ing the City staff team are City of Kar­ratha chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris Adams, di­rec­tor of strate­gic projects and in­fra­struc­ture Si­mon Kot, di­rec­tor of cor­po­rate ser­vices Phillip Tre­strail, di­rec­tor of de­vel­op­ment ser­vices David Pentz, man­ager of waste ser­vices Steve Wacher, man­ager of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy Brad Pez­zali, rangers co-or­di­na­tor Dar­rell Hutchens and gover­nance of­fi­cer — com­pli­ance Neil Har­ri­son.

Their op­po­nents on the coun­cil side are Mayor Peter Long and councillors Robin Van­den­berg — are who do­ing Movem­ber in re­verse by shav­ing their mous­taches off — and Grant Cu­cel, Bart Par­sons and Daniel Scott.

Mr Adams said their first in­ter-work­place Movem­ber cam­paign had been a big suc­cess so far — es­pe­cially as mid­way through the month his team was in the lead.

“The councillors put out a chal­lenge to the staff af­ter they de­cided they wanted to do a Movem­ber chal­lenge,” he said.

“We’re 19 days in, and the staff team are about $1000 in front so far.”

“We’re fairly con­fi­dent the staff are go­ing to knock the councillors off.”

Both teams are hold­ing a se­ries of fundrais­ers to con­trib­ute to their tal­lies, with the staff team rak­ing in the do­na­tions at an ex­tremely pop­u­lar car wash and sausage siz­zle held last Fri­day.

For gover­nance of­fi­cer Mr Har­ri­son, this is the ninth year he has been part of Movem­ber and gives him an op­por­tu­nity to build on the more than $6000 he has raised for men’s health in that time.

“I’ve got a lot of friends who have passed away with can­cer,” he said.

“So (Movem­ber) is a great thing and it’s re­ally easy to do.”

Mr Adams said the ef­fort had boosted staff morale and re­ceived a “re­ally pos­i­tive” re­sponse from the pub­lic.

As of the end of last week, the staff team had raised $3500 while councillors were sit­ting on $2500.

City of Kar­ratha ex­ec­u­tives and Movem­ber staff team mem­bers Phillip Tre­strail, Si­mon Kot and Chris Adams show off their new mous­taches. Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

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