Freight­liner grows a Mo for Movem­ber

It will be mous­taches all round for Freight­liner in Novem­ber

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FREIGHT­LINER AUS­TRALIA is part­ner­ing with the Movem­ber Foun­da­tion to raise vi­tal aware­ness and funds to sup­port men’s men­tal health.

The truck man­u­fac­turer says it is get­ting be­hind Movem­ber, which chal­lenges men to grow a mus­tache dur­ing the month of Novem­ber, be­cause men’s men­tal health is a par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant is­sue within the Aus­tralian trans­port in­dus­try.

“Men’s men­tal health is a se­ri­ous is­sue in all as­pects of so­ci­ety, but we know it is es­pe­cially sig­nif­i­cant for the truck­ing in­dus­try,” says Freight­liner Aus­tralia di­rec­tor, Stephen Downes.

“There is a high amount of stress in a range of trans­port re­lated roles, but truck drivers face a raft of spe­cific chal­lenges that can really af­fect their men­tal health.

“Be­ing away from loved ones for long pe­ri­ods of time is prob­a­bly the most no­table chal­lenge, but there are also the long hours, the so­cial iso­la­tion, fa­tigue and chal­lenges re­lat­ing to diet and fit­ness,” Downes says.

In ad­di­tion to mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant do­na­tion to the Movem­ber Foun­da­tion, Freight­liner and its 46-strong deal­er­ship net­work will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in Movem­ber and rais­ing ad­di­tional funds.

“We know the money raised helps the Movem­ber Foun­da­tion carry out some great work, but we know Movem­ber also gets peo­ple talk­ing about men­tal health and that can only be a good thing,” Downes con­tin­ues.

Movem­ber men start Novem­ber 1 clean-shaven and grow only a mous­tache for the month. An­other op­tion for both men and women is the Move Chal­lenge, which in­volves rack­ing up 60km in the month, walk­ing or run­ning.

Par­tic­i­pants can get friends, fam­ily or col­leagues to donate to their ef­forts and help change the face of men’s health.

“I’m sure there are go­ing to be some pretty or­di­nary mous­taches on display at our deal­er­ships around the coun­try and at our head of­fice through­out Novem­ber, but this cause is so im­por­tant that it is well worth it,” Downes says.

Pro­fes­sional truck drivers have a 7 per cent higher chance of de­vel­op­ing de­pres­sion than other Aus­tralians ac­cord­ing to Aus­tralian Ro­tary Health, which funded a sur­vey of the in­dus­try in 2014.

A Price­wa­ter­house­Coop­ers re­port from the same year on trans­port, postal and ware­hous­ing in­dus­try work­ers found that 23 per cent had a men­tal health con­di­tion, 20.4 per cent had an anx­i­ety con­di­tion and 7.2 per cent had a con­di­tion that af­fects their mood, such as de­pres­sion.

The Movem­ber Foun­da­tion has one goal: to stop men dy­ing too young. As the only global char­ity tack­ling men’s health is­sues year-round, the foun­da­tion sup­ports the fol­low­ing causes: men­tal health and sui­cide pre­ven­tion as well as the pre­ven­tion of prostate cancer and tes­tic­u­lar cancer.

Since 2003, the sup­port of more than five mil­lion men and women has funded over 1,200 in­no­va­tive projects across more than 20 coun­tries.

To donate or learn more, please visit www.movem­ber.com. To speak to some­one im­me­di­ately, con­tact Life­line on 13 11 14.

Daim­ler Trucks Laver­ton third year ap­pren­tice, Michael Gi­udetti, shows his sup­port for the Movem­ber cause

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