The race is on to grow the most impressive mo

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There will be wives throughout the country this month who will refuse to kiss their husbands, but local organisers for Movember are thrilled with registration numbers.

The registration night held at Sports Central Brewhouse on Thursday saw 35 local men sign up in the hope to grow the most impressive moustache and to also raise money and awareness for men’s health.

This year, Sports Central Brewhouse teamed up with Port FM and offered the first 20 registered a free t-shirt.

There are a number of different moustache styles the participants can grow, including the Trucker, the Regent, the After Eight and the Undercover Brother.

Each catergory has a sponsor, who has put forward a prizes for the prizegiving which will be held at the end of the month.

Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher and local barber Ali Brosnan will be the judges at the end of the month.

For every Wild Buck sold at the bar, 50c from each jug and 20c from each handle will go towards the tally raised for the cause.

Oamaru Licensing Trust general manager Justin Ludlow said main prize is two nights’ accommodation for two, plus a cooked breakfast at any Mainstay Hotel in New Zealand.

Port FM owner Brent Birchfield said Movember has now been running since 2003.

“It’s a bit of fun and you can take the p*** out of everyone,” he said.

The judging will take place at Sports Central Brewhouse on November 29.

For more information about Movember, visit http://nz.movember.com.

By Jessie Waite