The dawn of a new hairy mo'
AS A new month dawns, so does a new generation of potential mo growers in Bundaberg using their upper lips to raise awareness for men's health.
It's Movember and this year the hairy campaign will expand its health agenda beyond prostate cancer and mental health and incorporate testicular cancer as well.
This November the tradies at Laser Electrical Bundaberg and Laser Plumbing Bundaberg will be sprouting a moustache for the cause and be ably supported by female members of staff.
Co-owner Katherine Kummerow said it all started with a conversation. "Our support for Movember is a fun way to make men aware that it is okay to seek the support they need," she said.
"We will encourage them as much as we can as mo sisters."
Eskimo Joe guitarist and backing vocalist Stuart Macleod, who arrived in Bundaberg yesterday for the band's gig at Sugarland Tavern, said he had shaved his face for the first time in a decade to take part.
"The fear of a freshly shaven face is overpowered by a sense of pride, the sense of being part of something important," he said.
"So for the next month, I am part of the Clan Mo."
One in eight Australian men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime
About nine men die from prostate cancer each day in Australia
About 90% of all men diagnosed will be alive five years after diagnosis
Visit au.movember.com/ to donate or register