Friday 22nd February 2008
If there’s one thing most blokes do better than women, its growing moustaches, and Movember gave them the chance to prove it – for a good cause.
The NSWNA came over all hairy as male staff did what came naturally in support of men’s health.
The popular charity event aims to change the face of male health by encouraging men to visit their doctor regularly.
In 2007, Movember concentrated on prostate cancer and male depression, with funds raised going to The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and BeyondBlue – The National Depression Initiative.
Each year, 2,900 Australian men die of prostate cancer, and one in six will encounter depression at some stage of life.
‘As a health union it is important that we support such worthwhile causes,’ said NSWNA General Secretary, Brett Holmes. ‘Women’s health gets a high profile in society but sometimes men’s health is overlooked.’
Participants start clean-shaven and let their mos grow for the month of November.
The Association tackled the challenge with gusto. Eighteen staff committed to the furry look and mixed results provided much entertainment.
With unofficial competitions between unions on the go, the NSWNA got very creative with their fundraising, including raffles, a morning tea fundraiser and a chic calendar showcasing the moustaches of the Association.
No one was spared, with NSWNA General Secretary, Brett Holmes, participating in a public shave at the NSWNA Christmas party. Bids were placed to decide who got the honour of shaving Brett’s moustache, with Member’s Equity winning the auction with their generous $1,000 donation.
In the end, over $10,000 was raised. The Association would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support and encourages men to seek regular medical check-ups and advice.