Sorry ladies, it’s that time of year again. Movember, when men around the world “grow a mo to help a bro”.
And this year several Macleay College journalism students will take part in the campaign to raise awareness of men’s health issues and raise money to combat them.
Movember began in Melbourne in 2003 when two mates, Travis Garone and Luke Slattery, met over a couple of beers to see if they could find a way to bring the moustache back in fashion. Between 2004-2007 the event not only spread across the nation, but across the world with countries as diverse as Taiwan, the Czech Republic and El Salvador joining in. It has also won support from many organisations from Qantas to Beyond Blue.
The event gives men a chance to have fun while helping people suffering from diseases such as prostate and testicular cancer or mental health issues.
So for the next four weeks six of reporters and editors from The Newsroom will be putting their razors away and growing facial hair in honour of the cause.
So who is taking part in this year’s Movember at Macleay? Yours truly, for a start. I thought it would be a whole lot of fun to see how much facial hair I could grow and to create a little bit of banter. Reporters and presenters Daniel Walker and Lachlan Brunton are also taking part.
“It’s a good cause and I’ve never done it before. It’s also a chance to have a little bit of fun,” Daniel said.
News editors Sergio Magliarachi and Ben Potter will also embrace the fuzz.
So who will grow the best facial hair? Who will scare off the girls for the next four weeks? And more importantly, who will quit before it’s over? We’ll keep you posted if there’s anything worth posting. Meanwhile, we’re doing our best to be hairy.
To donate to the cause head to Movember’s official website and follow the links. — Chris Matthews-Darby
Top photo by Vishnavi Kulenthirarasa.