Attempt cut short
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.