AS the razor came down on the final days of the 2018 Movember campaign, the “Mobart Mo Bros” threw in one last fundraising act – shaving down to a “Half-Mast Mo” to raise awareness for men’s health.
The call to don the lopsided look closed out the month that saw almost 85,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas register with Movember, raising funds and awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
The 2018 campaign has seen 630-kilometres of moustache hair grown throughout the month.
The Mobart Mo Bros have been the highest fundraising team in Australia for the past three years.
They are a passionate team of Mo Bros and Sistas who will stop at nothing to change the face of men’s health and this year went all out to beat their previous fundraising efforts.
Mobart Mo Bros captain Tommy Windsor said that all credit for the teams “phenomenal fundraising efforts” was to the dedicated local community that continued to back the team, year after year.
“We raised more than $112,000 in 2017 alone, bringing our grand total to more than half a million dollars, and we have no corporate sponsorships,” he said.
“Our donations rely entirely on the thousands of small businesses, families and individuals who want to help us stop men dying too young.
“Unfortunately, our success is the result of the sheer number of people in our community who have had their own story relating to prostate or testicular cancer, mental health or suicide.”
Monks & Co Barbers in Hobart are long-term supporters of the Hobart Mo Bros and the Movember fundraising month, and the business understands the importance and impact that good conversation can have on mental health.
Monks & Co barber Sid Davis recently underwent a mental health training course to ensure he could offer the right support to his clients and friends.
“The barber is seen as a bit of refuge for men, and the conversations we have with the guys who walk through the door can become quite personal,” Mr Davis said.
“We strive to maintain an environment at work where we can ‘shoot the sh*t’ with like-minded men, but I’ve also realised that it’s just as important to learn the skills to support my clients and mates that might be doing it tough.”
Movember Foundation Australia country director Rachel Carr said men in Australia were dying too young.
“In Australia, three out of four suicides are men and for young men aged 15 to 44 years, suicide is the leading cause of death,” she said.
“We are humbled by the Mobart Mo Bros’ ongoing support for the Movember Foundation and in particular, the life-changing conversations they continue to spark around men’s mental health.”
Caption: Mobart Mo Bros captain Tommy Windsor, left, and Monks & Co Barbers barber Sid Davis.