HELPING OUT: Shane Kerr, Sue Murray and Sandra Brackin at the Movember bowls day.
HELPING OUT: Shane Kerr, Sue Murray and Sandra Brackin at the Movember bowls day.

Fundraising with facial hair

JOHN Goonan calculates he has personally raised $1000 for Movember after growing a mo for the past four Novembers.

A systems manager at the Big W Distribution Centre, Mr Goonan was one of 30 social bowlers who supported the Woolly Mammoth team from Big W yesterday at a fundraising event at Warwick East Bowls Club.

Mr Goonan said his mo was only itchy for the first fortnight.

"Men's health is not spoken about much so it is good that Movember raises awareness of men's health issues," Mr Goonan said.

His simple message to men is "go and see a doctor for regular health checks".

Ashlee Lewis, one of the main organisers of the Movember bowls day at Warwick East, said she expected $500 to be raised.

"We have a raffle on the day and have received support from Allora Butchery, Big W Distribution Centre and Cellarbrations," she said.

She was the only woman in the Woolly Mammoth team and said she was inspired to help out because of illness in her own family.

"One of my grandfathers was diagnosed with prostate cancer but is now doing well," Ms Lewis said.

"The other died at the age of 50 from bowel cancer.

"Most people I talk to have been close to someone with cancer."

The bowls day was supported by staff from the Big W Distribution Centre and members of the H&J Social Club.

"The response to our fundraising has been pretty good this year and we want to make it bigger and better next year," she said.

"Movember is not just about prostate cancer; it is about men's health which also includes testicular cancer and depression."

What is Movember?

The aim is to raise vital funds and awareness for men's health, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men.

On Movember 1, guys register at Movember.com with a clean-shaven face and then for the rest of the month groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. - Prostate Council Association of Australia


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