MOvember MOtivates proMOtion
GOOD causes can make the near-impossible happen.
Tweed’s seven shire councillors yesterday came together in harmony and unity to do the seemingly ridiculous for the good of the community – donning moustaches and promoting awareness of prostate cancer.
Amid jokes of famous people with moustaches, they stuck a variety of fake moustaches bought from a nearby Murwil- lumbah toy shop under their noses.
The objective was to promote “Movember”– a fundraising effort through the month of November for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and the Beyondblue campaign which seeks to support people with depression.
“We’re willing to look a little silly for a few minutes in the hope that it raises awareness of men’s health issues, particularly in the Tweed given our large population of retirees,” said Cr Polglase.
In a prepared statement Cr Polglase said: “Last year in Australia alone 18,700 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer and more than 2900 died of prostate cancer – equivalent to the number of women who die from breast cancer annually.
“Depression affects one in six men and untreated depression is a leading cause of suicide.
“This is a particularly relevant issue for Tweed Shire Council, which has 495 male employees out of a total workforce of 664, mainly due to our large outdoor workforce.
Cr Polglase congratulated council staff taking part in the event.
He said the council’s staff social club had participated in Movember for “a number of years” and last year raised $2000.
For more information about Movember or to register, visit www.movember.com.au