WONTHAGGI Police members are putting their best face forward this month to raise funds and awareness of men’s health issues by growing moustaches as part of the Movember challenge.
Each November, men across the country are encouraged to grow a beard or moustache to help raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues.
As one of the self-titled ‘Watt Street Mo Bros’, Acting Sergeant Steve Forrest is taking part in the Movember moustache challenge to help spread the message about the importance of men’s health issues.
“It’s not just about raising funds, but raising awareness, and getting the conversation started about the importance of being active in any sort of capacity,” Sgt Forrest said.
“Simply running or walking helps to create a better frame of mental health, which is a big part of this foundation’s push.
“Looking after mental health is so important. It’s a growing issue in society and in our community, and also in the emergency services.
“Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is an issue which needs support, too.”
The Movember Foundation is a charity that actively tackles men’s health issues across the country, with the aim to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25 per cent by 2030.
Funds raised by the Movember moustache challenge help the foundation to fund more than 1200 men’s health projects that focus on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
“We’re growing these moustaches to get the conversation going,” Sgt Forrest said.
“We’re trying to start the conversation about men’s health, and have a broader reach in the community.
“Women are also encouraged during this time to reach out to the men in their lives and to help them to get active and get involved in the community.
“Whether it just be sitting down and talking or getting out for a walk and being active, it’s all important work.”
Senior Constable Nathan Weaver, Senior Constable Lee Neubauer and Constable Travis Ellams are also taking part in the Movember challenge.
The ‘Watt Street Mo Bros’ have an official Movember foundation account, where members of the public can donate to help support the cause.
To donate, visit the website at www.movember.com and search for the ‘Watt Street Mo Bros’.