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Movember helps Prostate Cancer sufferers speak up

Nov 23rd, 2009 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

KIWI men are yet again ditching their razors for Movember to support prostate cancer sufferers.

Every year 600 out of the 3000 Kiwi men diagnosed with prostate cancer die.

The money raised this Movemeber will make it easier for these men to ask for help.

Last year, 13,000 Kiwis took part in the cause, raising $1 million in aid of men’s health charities and this year Movember New Zealand hopes to do even better.

“The unwavering support of New Zealanders will ensure that this year’s event will be the most successful,” says the cause’s founder, Australian Jim Slattery.

“Many suffer in silence, but Movember aims to raise awareness of depression in the hope of making it easier for men who experience it to ask for help,” he says.

Movember began in 2003 as a result of a conversation in a Melbourne pub between co-founders Jim Slattery and Adam Garone about 1980s fashion.

The event has been a hit ever since, with several countries, including New Zealand and the United States, following suit.

Leasa Mead from Men’s Barbering on Willis St says a lot of the men grow beards just for Movember.

Norris Barbers head barber John Paske says facial hair is definitely more popular in November, but beards are popular all year round with university professors, who grow them longer.

“For a while, people were having the short stubble beards, but that’s not common now,” he says.

The money raised this Movemeber will go to the Cancer Society and the Mental Health Foundation.

The Cancer Society’s CEO, Dalton Kelly, says the money will be used to fund research into the causes, detection, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.

Newswire reporter KARA LOK took to Wellington’s streets in search of mo’s, beards and facial hair.Names (in order of appearance, are:

Luke Appleby
Reuben Fort-Wells
Justin Laven
Sam Mclea
Marshall Gravely
Chris Armstrong
Michael Cullen
Jay Johnson
Brad Pitt
Grahame Rutherford
James Fearnley and Jake Cave
Tim Morris
Shawn Blackwell
Billy Roy, Pete Grierson and Michael Way.
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