Face-off for fundraiser
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.