The groove Our men of Movember
TRUCKERS, connoisseurs, regents, undercover brothers and rock stars are crawling on to men’s faces across the region, as part of the popular charity event Movember.
Different styles, shapes and textures of moustaches are grown this time every year as a way to raise money and awareness for men’s health, on the faces of Mo Bro’s and with the help of Mo Sistas.
Chief Mo Bro, the Australian director Jeremy Macvean, is going for the trucker-style this year and said it is progressing well.
‘‘A lot of people don’t know but Movember started here in Australia when two guys said over a handshake ‘Lets bring back the mo’ and 11 years later is has grown from that handshake to being across 21 countries and last year over 1 million moustaches were grown raising $141 million for men’s health,’’ Mr Macvean said.
‘‘It’s phenomenal growth and something we should be proud of, we started the world’s largest men’s health movement.
‘‘Bringing back the mo has a fun side and a serious side.’’
Mr Macvean said the aim of Movember is to change the face of men’s health, to get men talking about their health more and raising money for organisations that deal with men’s health.
‘‘The focus is on three specific areas, prostate, testicular and mental health, so we work with various health departments in Australia including the mental health department organisations like Beyond Blue and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia,’’ Mr Macvean said.
‘‘Mo Bro’s dedicate their upper lip for a hairy cause in November and in doing so effectively become a walking, talking billboard for men’s health to raise awareness and funds for these health programs.
‘‘Guys are less likely to talk about their health, less likely to reach out to their GP and be proactive, so wearing a moustache begins that conversation, acknowledges all forms of health whether physical or mental and gives confidence to take action where required.’’
Movember has a huge range of high-profile sports people and musicians getting behind the cause to help raise the profile, including the famous moustache himself Merv Hughes, presenter Max Walker, Eskimo Joe, Olympian Sam Bramham and several AFL sport stars.
For the main reef tour operators, Movember means friendly rivalry takes a step up.
Eight of Poseidon’s male crew have been Mo Bro’s and supporting Movember. They have combined forces to raise over $1700 for men’s health – in particular testicular cancer, prostate cancer and mental health.
For most blokes the idea of growing a hairy upper lip is not so daunting, however these guys have had to endure leaky masks everyday while they teach passengers to snorkel or scuba dive.
The majority of funds have been donated by generous passengers who have been enjoying professional, friendly (and fuzzy faced) service aboard Poseidon at Agincourt Outer Reef.
Not to be outdone, Michael Healy, Quicksilver group director sales and marketing said ‘‘It’s fantastic that our Port Douglas crew are getting right behind Movember with a variety of exceptional and amazing styles of facial hair.’’
QT: Steve Oakley and Tim Johnstone
PORT DOUGLAS STATE SCHOOL:
Adam Lovrincevic, Doug Barnes, Matt Alley and Ben Gaske
POSEIDON: (back row l-r) Daniel, Chad, Payden, Kylie, Alissa, (front row l-r) Adam, Pete, Liam, Zoe