November 21, 2007
Yes, it’s that time of year again.
The month where residents not ‘‘in the know’’ are left perplexed by the sudden rise of big, bushy moustaches to fashion prominence.
Well fear not, the trend will pass — and what’s more, it’s all for a good cause.
Seemingly growing in popularity each year, Movember sees a large group of charitable men grow moustaches to raise awareness of male health issues.
Participants begin November clean-shaven, proceeding to grow and craft their ‘‘mo’’ in any style they deem fit as the month progresses.
These ‘‘mo bros’’ gather funds — through sponsorship from family and friends — for men’s health organisations, such as BeyondBlue and Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
A large number of Benalla residents are supporting the worthy cause, preening and cultivating impressive growths in order to attain maximum sponsorship.
Benalla Newsagency’s Darren Asquith is one example of a community member backing the event — proudly displaying a handlebar-style moustache that he hopes will assist him to raise money for the cause.
Students at St Joseph’s Primary School provided support, donating a gold coin for the privilege of donning a mustache and wearing casual clothes to school.
Much imagination went into the colourful facial pieces worn by students; some were curly, others straight, and various materials were used — including wool, string and fur.
Ben Fahey, a teacher at the school, came up with the initiative.
‘‘The whole school got behind Movember,’’ Mr Fahey said.
‘‘We chose several winners across the school and we raised $450, which will go towards a worthy cause.’’
Also in the news in November 2007:
●A 24-year-old man was remanded in custody after pointing a gun at his dad.
●The Winton Motorcycle club had funding green-lit by Benalla Rural City Council.
●The CFA was holding fire-ready meetings across North-East Victoria.
●Upgrades to the Benalla Drill Hall were completed.
●Benalla College principal Cathy Pianta was re-appointed as the school’s leader despite resigning three weeks earlier.
●Ancient artwork was uncovered on the alter of an old timber parish church, which was relocated to Tatong.