Remember, remember, Movember

GROWING A MO: Daniel Marmont of Mittagong RSL was one of the many staff members who got behind this worthy cause in November. Photo: Supplied.
GROWING A MO: Daniel Marmont of Mittagong RSL was one of the many staff members who got behind this worthy cause in November. Photo: Supplied.

November may be over but the spirit of Movember lives on.

From humble beginnings, the Movember movement has grown into a truly global one. There have been epic progress in men's health, but every whisker of credit goes to all the Mo Bros and Mo Sisters around the world. Since the first Movember event was held in 2003, the movement has grown to more than $6m of funding with more than 1,250 men's health projects funded. It's this support that has helped change the lives of men who are affected by mental health issues, prostate and testicular cancer.

For many, hanging on to their facial hair they worked so hard to attain this past month, is they way to go.

One local said he felt it had taken him so long to get his moustache to a reasonable size, it was pointless to shave it off now.

"I went to a lot of trouble to grow this, and have had a great response as a result from my family who have all donated. I think keeping my moustache for a few months will remind people of why I did this."

While many staff members at Mittagong RSL grew their 'taches' to raise funds and awareness for men's health, many have also chosen to carry on sporting their moustaches and this helps to keep in mind the reasons why Movember has become so important.

Lillian Wareing of Mittagong RSL said the cause was very close to the hearts of some of the staff members at Mittagong RSL, so growing a moustache to help with fundraising was done with some passion.

"It's obviously a very serious cause - but it is something that you can have a bit of fun with," Ms Wareing said. "It gives the staff something to talk about among themselves - a bit of light-hearted humour with the mo's that we see kicking around the club this year."

Worldwide, men die nearly six years earlier than women. Movember aims to reduce the rate of male suicides by 25 per cent. Three out of four suicides in Australia are by men, while globally, one man dies by suicide every minute. Movember also aims to raise awareness about prostate and testicular cancer - the most commonly diagnosed cancers in men.

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