Fire­fight­ers raise $7k for char­ity

Central Leader - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

Putting their fa­cial hair to the test has paid off for fire­fight­ers who’ve man­aged to raise almost $7000 for Movem­ber.

The Flaming Moe’s is a team of 65 fire­fight­ers from around the coun­try, with a strong con­tin­gent com­ing from the Par­nell, Pon­sonby and Cen­tral City sta­tions.

They came in at num­ber six on the na­tional fundrais­ing leader­board.

‘‘We were a lit­tle bit blown away by the support be­cause there were only 14 guys do­ing it last year,’’ team leader Tony Scott says.

‘‘For us it’s not just about the fundrais­ing but show­ing each other that we’re do­ing it for a rea­son,’’ he says.

Cre­ativ­ity was rife but the good old han­dle­bar mous­tache wasn’t an op­tion, Scott says.

Fa­cial hair can af­fect the mask fire­fight­ers wear for their breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus and so there are reg­u­la­tions on mous­tache size. ‘‘There were still some good ones though,’’ Scott says.

More than $1 mil­lion was raised na­tion­ally dur­ing Movem­ber.

‘‘Thank you to all our Mo bros and sis­tas,’’ Movem­ber Foun­da­tion New Zealand man­ager Robert Dunne says.

‘‘It’s your ef­forts that make it pos­si­ble for us to con­tinue our work im­prov­ing and sav­ing the lives of men af­fected by prostate can­cer, tes­tic­u­lar can­cer and men­tal health prob­lems,’’ he says.

The Flaming Moe’s are al­ready mak­ing plans for next year.

Auc­tion­ing the op­por­tu­nity to shave off the mous­taches is an op­tion.

‘‘The coolest thing about this year is all the guys think­ing about what we can do next year,’’ Scott says.

Well done: Auck­land fire­fight­ers have helped to raise thou­sands for Movem­ber.

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