The Hairy Trotters Movember team was led by Andrew Armstrong who was aiming for a Burt Reynolds-style mo.
The Hairy Trotters Movember team was led by Andrew Armstrong who was aiming for a Burt Reynolds-style mo. Blainey Woodham/Tweed Daily News

Tweed men support Movember

GROWING an impressive moustache is just as important as raising money, according to one of the Tweed’s best mo-growers, Andrew Armstrong.

Mr Armstrong and his team, the Hairy Trotters, last month became “walking billboards” for Movember, an annual, month-long celebration of the moustache, highlighting men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer and depression.

“Spreading the word is just as important as raising money,” Fulton Trotter Architects director Mr Armstrong said.

“Each year I get taken aback by the exposure it gets, especially with a lot of major sporting teams taking it on board.”

This is the third year Mr Armstrong has put down his razor for the cause, much to the appal of his wife and children.

“The kids run away when I come home,” he joked.

The Tweed Daily News followed the misshapen adventures of eight of the area’s finest mo-men.

Mr Armstrong welcomed our awareness campaign, putting a link on his “mo-space” so people could vote as his “moustache turns from unshaven stubble into a thick and luxurious grey, red and brown, very hairy caterpillar”.

And Mr Armstrong was the competition’s top contender, receiving more than 50 per cent of the votes in both weeks two and four.

“I do it every year because I have suffered from depression,” Mr Armstrong said.

“I did not know why I was feeling the way I was or what was happening, so my wife made me see a doctor.

“It’s all about knowledge; depression is an illness not a weakness.”

With more information out there, Mr Armstrong said, people would be able to understand what was going on and seek help.

The Hairy Trotters team, which has about eight members, has raised more than $1000 this year for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and Beyondblue, the national depression initiative.

Movember may be over but it is not too late to lend your support. Donate to the Hairy Trotters at www.movember.com/au/donate/your-details/team_id/4166.



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