At­tempt cut short

North Shore Times - - HOME & GARDEN - JAY BORE­HAM

A pub­lic­ity stunt to pres­sure schools into al­low­ing senior male stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in Movember has fallen foul of the school cal­en­der year.

The Movember Foun­da­tion made an im­pas­sioned plea through the na­tion’s me­dia call­ing on 178 col­leges to waive their clean-shave poli­cies for the month of Novem­ber to en­cour­age im­por­tant con­ver­sa­tions around men’s health.

Dur­ing Novem­ber men sport mous­taches for prostate and tes­tic­u­lar can­cer, men­tal health, sui­cide aware­ness and other men’s health is­sues, Movember Foun­da­tion man­ager Robert Dunne said.

But schools’ clean-shave poli­cies pre­vented teenagers from be­ing in­volved in the im­por­tant con­ver­sa­tion at a young age, he said.

Men didn’t like to talk about their health as there was an ex­pec­ta­tion that open­ing up was a weak­ness, and as a re­sult the coun­try was los­ing many of them far too young, Dunne said, pointing to New Zealand hav­ing the high­est rate of male sui­cide in the world.

While col­leges north of Auck­land sup­ported the idea, timing made it a moot point.

Rodney Col­lege prin­ci­pal Irene Symes said her school would sup­port the idea, but stu­dents were about to go on study leave, so the school wouldn’t have a chance to see their won­der­ful mous­taches.

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