Stephen Bennett will be participating and will grow a mo’ in Movember.
Stephen Bennett will be participating and will grow a mo’ in Movember. Mike Knott

Moustaches to flourish for a cause

SPRING is here but it’s not just gardens in bloom — moustaches are set to flourish for Movember.

Men all over Bundaberg will sprout new soup strainers to raise money for prostate cancer research and depression.

It will be the third time Bundaberg man Stephen Bennett has entered the facial hair fundraiser, but he said the experience was different every year — and it sometimes held surprises.

“As you grow older, the colour changes from year to year,” Mr Bennett said.

Along with fellow Rotary Club members Peter Peterson and Geoff Campbell, Mr Bennett will be asking family friends and even complete strangers to donate to his crumb-catcher cause.

He said his new look might generate conversation, controversy and laughter, but it was all about putting a fresh face on fundraising.

“I am doing this because close to 3300 men die of prostate cancer in Australia each year and one in eight men will experience depression in their lifetime,” Mr Bennett said.

“We have several members who are prostate cancer survivors, and it’s nice to be able to support them.”

Mr Bennett said his moustache grew quickly, so he didn’t suffer through the patchy stage for too long.

“I used to have a beard when I was married, but I haven’t had facial hair in years,” he said.

“It’s just a once-a-year moustache. It’s a relief to shave it off on the first of December because it’s really hot coming into summer.”

Last year the club raised $1500 but Mr Bennett hopes they will beat that figure by at least a whisker this year.

He is calling on all Bundaberg men and boys to get their “stache on”, if they are man enough to take up the challenge.

But if testosterone is lacking, ladies can also join the growing cause by becoming a Mo Sister and helping out their Mo Bros by seeking sponsorship.

All funds raised go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue – the national depression initiative and the Movember Foundation.

To donate to Mr Bennett’s Movember growth, visit http://au.movember.com/mospace/251826.

For more information on the cause, visit http://au.movember.com or telephone 1300 GROW MO (4769 66).



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