WHAT started as a hair-raising dare last year has grown into an annual tradition at Tweed Shire Council’s mechanical and electrical depot.
More than 20 men this month put down therazor to take part in Movember.
Movember is an annual, month-long celebration of the moustache, highlighting and raising money for men’s health issues, specific-ally prostate cancer and depression in men.
Ray Lowe from Tweed Shire Council said they have seen some worthy and not-so-worthy mos in their Kingscliff depot.
“There was a lot of competition and quite a few nick names.” Mr Lowe said.
Jason Thompson was crowned with the “tash-tastic” title and “mo-thetic” was given to Gavin Rice.
“I think most guys are looking forward to losing them,” Mr Lowe said.
“But some usually have a mo anyway. Pat keeps it on all year and shaves it for Movember to start again.”
This was the second time the council workers have grown for a cause.
“We did it last year as a dare,” Mr Lowe said.
“Most of the guys have come on board this year.
“It’s been a very hairy month.”
Mr Lowe joked a lot of the men used Movember as an excuse to be lazy and just did not shave all month.
The team are already planning on taking part again next November.
“Last year we raised more than $300 and we’re certainly going to get that much this year,” Mr Lowe said.
“More guys entered this year and they have been collecting donations from their family and friends.”
The men wrapped up Movember on Thursday afternoon with a fund- raising barbecue.
“It’s important to get the message out there because there are prob- ably not too many guys here that don’t knowsomebody who has had or has prostate cancer,” Mr Lowe said.
The Tweed Daily News has been following the progress of eight of the Tweed’s finest mo-men.
Check them out for yourself and vote for your favourite at www.tweednews.com.au. The winner of last week’s poll was Alan Hogg on 44 per cent.
The final winner will reveal his mo-growing secrets next week in the Tweed Daily News.