The St Clare’s High School Mo Grow team has brought to an end four weeks of grooming, trimming and, of course, growing moustaches for Movember.
The team capped off the month with a ‘mo-off’ on Friday, November 30, where each member shaved off their moustache at the school hall.
Student representative council co-ordinator and participant Jeremy Hobbes said the team was proud of their efforts to raise funds for men’s health awareness projects relating to prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
“For the last month we’ve been growing moustaches for Movember that will help with issues a lot of men suffer with,” Jeremy said.
Originally setting a target of $500, the team had raised $2350 by the ‘mo-off’.
“It’s been good, a lot of support out there from the school community and wider community,” Jeremy said.
Jeremy said Movember campaign reminded the students of the importance of men’s health issues.
“It’s a good way for them to get ownership of issues that they feel is important to them,” Jeremy said.
Despite drawing inspiration from their Movember idols Borat and Ron Burgundy, some members of the team quickly realised growing a moustache can be harder than it looks.
“I’ve been practicing my whole life for this day,” Senura Senanayake said.
“I’m not much of an alpha male, it is dyed,” Kye Lewis said.
“I’ve been growing this for nigh on 17 years now,” Raphael Paturzo said.
It’s a good way for them to get ownership of issues that they feel is important to them.Jeremy Hobbes, St Clare's SRC co-ordinator
Some resorted to innovative measures to make their barely visible white whiskers shine for all to see.
“Movember started off with a bit of a rough start but mascara fixes it up,” Josh Chalmers said.
For others, it was no issue.
“This is just a really good excuse to not shave for a month,” Zeb Everingham said.
“This is Anthony Mo-dine, he’s been going pretty strong for 30 days now,” Chris Taylor said before the shave.