Movember wraps up after impressive display of facial fuzz

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Movember is done for another year, with a good turnout of Oamaruvians coming together over the month to sprout some ‘staches and raise awareness of men’s health issues.

Movember efforts from the Port FM Mo Bros in conjunction with Sports Central Brewhouse saw 36 people take part and raise about $7500 through fundraising, raffles, auctions and more.

Oamaru Trust marketing manager Jessie Waite said they were happy to see everyone working together for a good cause.

“It was awesome to see how the community got together,” she said.

Everyone was “pretty rapt” with how successful the event was and raising so much money for a good cause, she said.

Of the 36 people taking part in their Movember efforts, Lenny Milner was crowned Man of Movember for his ‘stache and his fundraising efforts, which saw him take in about $1300 single-handedly. Plunket Electrical secured the top team position.

Movember efforts at Fat Sally’s Pub & Restaurant ended with Luke Smyth declared champion of the mo, and being awarded a chainsaw.

Fat Sally’s Pub & Restaurant owner Sally-Ann Donnelly said there were lots of impressive displays of facial hair throughout the night, and deciding on the best mo was no easy task for the judges.

“I think they had a tough job,” she said.

All up, the end of their Movember celebrations was “awesome” for everyone involved, she said. A final total is yet to be announced.

Movember runs every year during the month of November.

It aims to raise awareness of men’s health issues such as mental illness, testicular cancer and prostate cancer.

For more information, see nz.movember.com

By DAVID DE LOREAN