The focus is firmly on the upper lip this Movember at the South West Hospital and Health Service with a team of dedicated mo bros rocking moustaches for men’s health.
SWHHS Mo Bros team leader and Manager of Management Accounting Pieter Hanekom says he’s urging the community to show their support for the cause.
“It’s that time of year again when the men in your life start looking a little hairier around the mouth and it’s for a truly worthy organisation.”
Mr Hanekom says the Movember Foundation addressed major health issues faced by men including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
“The mission is to stop men dying too young, according to the foundation men die on average six years earlier than women, prostate and testicular cancer rates are ever increasing and three quarters of suicides are men. These health issues impact men across the globe, including in South West Queensland and taking part in this fundraiser is our opportunity to show support.”
Health Service Executive Director of People and Culture Rob Mander says Movember had sparked important conversations between colleagues, mates and family members about men’s health.
“Many blokes aren’t always comfortable discussing their health but the aim of this month is to start a dialogue and as the Movember Foundation say we can’t afford to stay silent.”
“Whilst the money raised will fund a variety of men’s health initiatives, I think the conversations generated by Movember will have the potential to be just as life saving.”
Mo Bros are also well supported by Mo Sistas, with women signing up for Move for Movember, a fitness challenge anyone is welcome to enter.