Movember preparations in full swing

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What better way to boost team morale in the work place than by a bit of healthy competition for a good cause?

Fat Sally’s Pub and Restaurant is encouraging Oamaru workplaces to get a team together and get involved in Movember for a month-long charity grow-off.

Owner Sally-Ann Donnelly said there are some great prizes up for grabs this year, including a chainsaw for the Man of Movember and a barbecue and drinks at Portside on offer for the best team effort.

All participants will also receive an exclusive Fat Sally’s Oam-Mo-Ru VIP card for 50 per cent of meals for the month of Movember, as well as happy hour prices each Thursday.

The more people that get behind the month of men’s health awareness, the better, Radio Network’s Danny Park said.

Mr Park and Mrs Donnelly hope the 2013 event will help change the face of men’s health in Oamaru, by putting a fun twist on a serious issue.

Movember is an annual event where, using a moustache as a catalyst, men are encouraged to learn and talk about their health more and openly and take action.

“The main point is to get those things out into the open that men often keep behind closed doors,” Mr Park said.

“We’re really excited to be involved with Movember at Fat Sally’s. We want to put on a good time, raise some money, raise some awareness and have some fun.”

They want participants to be as creative as possible, with a range of prize categories such as Best Chops, Bushiest Mo, Most Distinguished Mo and, of course, Man of Movember.

And with former champion Nigel Harris only involved as a judge this year, the Man of Movember title was anyone’s game.

“If you were thinking you wouldn’t enter because you didn’t have a chance of winning, give it a go,” Mr Park said.

To register for this event in Oamaru, either pop into Fat Sally’s and ask for a form from behind the bar, or pop online to nz.movember.com/team/970821

On Thursday, October 31, there will also be an official registration night, which would also be a good chance to catch up with some of Tony Brown’s boys, Mrs Donnelly said.

“It’s going to be a hairy journey and we’d love you to join us for the ride,” she said.

If sprouting a furry upper-lip isn’t for you, Streeter Concepts and Design owner Lance Streeter has a mo-stash of wooden moustaches for sale, with all proceeds going to charity.

Paint them, put them on your car, in the windows of your workplace, the possibilities are endless, Mr Streeter said.

Pop into Streeter Concepts on Severn St and pick one up for a $10 donation.

By Rebecca Ryan