The groove Our men of Movem­ber

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.’’

Pic­ture: AN­THONY CAPOGRECO

QT: Steve Oak­ley and Tim John­stone

Pic­ture: JESSIE TOL­SON

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

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