Get lopsided look for men’s health
MEN participating in Movember are taking it one step further in a last bid to spark conversation about men’s health.
Pelican Waters resident Paul Gay is sacrificing symmetry by shaving off half his mo thanks to Tommy Gun’s barbershop, who offered the half-mast hairstyle for free on the last day of the awareness month.
Paul holds the cause close to his heart as his own father has been affected by men’s health issues, having been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer.
“It’s a big issue in our family, and for the last four and a half years he’s gone through some really hard times that’s impacted the whole family,” he said.
Paul went for his annual prostate screen the morning before the half shave.
Although the facial hair style looks silly, it’s time to take men’s health seriously.
“I’ve done Movember for about the last two to three years,” said Paul.
As the director of Foundation Recruitment Paul said he will only sport the half mo for one day but he’s got big plans that involve sponsoring a golf day, where he hopes to generate awareness around the issue.
“No doubt, they’ll ask what the half mo is all about and I have a presentation to do at the end of the day so I’ll make mention about it then as well.”
Movember Foundation Australia director Rachel Carr said said 469 men in Australia have been lost to prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide this month alone.
“In the same way we fly a flag at half mast to honour the lost, the half mast mo pays respect to the mates, brothers, fathers and sons who should be with us today.”
Movember may be coming to an end but that’s no reason to stop the conversation.
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LOOKING SHARP: Paul Gay gets half his mo shaved off by Demi Irwin at Tommy Gun's, Sunshine Plaza for the end of Movember celebrations.