STEVE Pailthorpe might be called a big chicken by his sister-in-law but he’s not scared to grow a mo.
Steve, who owns “Rangeview”, at Bancroft near Monto, is growing a hairy top lip as a participant in Movember, an annual, month-long celebration of the moustache, highlighting men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men.
“I always thought about going in it, my sister-in-law asked me to do it as a group with my brother George Pailthorpe, and mates Robert King, Dominic King, John Woodall, and Darren Keitley - she called us ‘the Big Chickens’,” Steve said.
“I’m not really worried about what I end up growing, as long as I grow one!”
The 32-year-old Charbray stud operator said it was the first time he had participated in Movember but wants to do it again.
He hasn’t set a target amount he wants to raise, stating the old mantra “every little bit helps”.
Steve has other things to worry about, mainly taking care of his recently arrived son, Oliver Travis Pailthorpe, born on September 19.
Steve’s fiancé Helen Goody is definitely no fan of mos but knows it is for a good cause.
“I hate facial hair, I think they are disgusting and dirty,” Helen said.
“But I think it is great that he wants to do this Movember, and I hope they raise a bit of money to help raise awareness of men’s health, as women’s health issues are always in the news and getting advertised, but men’s health does not get the publicity it should get,” Helen said.
You can donate to Steve and the Big Chickens at Heilbronn’s Mensland, Albert Hotel and the post office or: http://au.movember.com/mospace/378756/
Men who participate in Movember, known as “Mo Bros’, are asked to recruit sponsors who donate money to support the growing of the mo.
Funds raised go to Beyondblue, the national depression initiative, and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. It will help Beyondblue increase awareness of depression and anxiety disorders in men and encourage men to talk about mental health problems and seek treatment.
While men have lower rates of depression than women, they don’t seek help as often.
On average, one in eight men will experience depression at some time in their lives and less than half seek help. Last year 125,000 moustaches were grown across Australia and over $8,135,630 was raised in its sixth year.THE HAIRY TRUTH
Some fun Movember facts:
- Women are more attracted to men with mos;
- Mos are sported by over 3.5 million adult males and some females in Eastern Europe;
- Mos make you look stronger and will scare off any opponent; gentlemen have always worn mos;
- A mo will make you richer; mos make you look smarter;
- There are between 10,000 and 20,000 hairs on a man’s face;
- In 1967, the Beatles gave away cardboard mos with their album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
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