Awareness: Beaudesert News owner Bob Christensen and Beaudesert Times journalist Tim Schaefer are participating in Movember.SOME very questionable facial hair has sproutedthroughout Beaudesert this month as the business community gets behind the Movember campaign in support of men’s health.
For the month of November, dozens of Beaudesert businessman are growing some impressive –and very unimpressive –facial adornments to raise money and awareness about men’s mental health and prostate and testicular cancer.
Businesses are also getting behind the cause bycollecting funds or donating a share of revenue to the Movember foundation.
The Movember story began in Melbourne in 2003 as a challenge between thirty mates to see who could grow the best moustache.
Thirteen years on, Movember hasbecome a popular tradition around the world as a way to raise much-needed funds for health issues plaguing men.
Statistics showmenexperience worse longer-term health than women and die on average six years earlier, while 75 per cent of all suicides in Australia are men.
Prostate cancer rates are expected to double in the next 50 years and testicular cancer rates have doubled in the last 50.
Beaudesert News owner Susan Weymouth said she and husband Bob weresupporting the Movember campaign because issues like depression and cancer affect so many lives.
She said depression is very common among men andmore awareness iscrucial to ensure men know they are not alone and can seek help.
“Everyone knows of afamily member or acquaintance that has unfortunately taken their own life,” she said.
“It is a worldwide issue that touches some many lives locally, all too often.”
Beaudesert businesses supporting the campaign include Heits Quality Meats, Jenny’s Western Wear, Mitre 10 Beaudesert, Clarke and Turton Lawyers, Main Squeeze, Beaudesert Homebrew, Duffs Secondhand Furniture, Wrights Jewellers, Bean To, Bo Lingerie, Kalico Country, Wish Hair Studio and Everyday’s Cafe.
All participating businesses have donation boxes for people to make cash donations if they wish.
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