Fantastic mo wins title
SPORTING a “fantastic” trucker style moustache for Movember has prompted Robert Walton to keep the look after yesterday’s month of hairiness was over.
Mr Walton recently took over as acting manager for Integrated Allied Health in Gympie and decided to join the Gympie Growers, a group of men from Gympie Hospital who all decided to grow mos for Movember.
After impressing the judges with his neatly trimmed lip locks in Gympie, Mr Walton went on to be named the Grand Champion moustache out of the entire Sunshine Coast Health District.
The Judges liked his enthusiastic effort saying his upper lip was well tailored, groomed and “displayed all the hallmarks of a person keen to spread the message of men’s health”.
And that’s really what it was all about for Mr Walton.
“I was keen to promote men’s health issues,” he said yesterday.
Mr Walton worked as a psychologist for many years and has seen the impact of depression in men of all ages.
He said raising awareness of depression in men was “close to his heart”.
“I was recently involved with Pit Stop health checks and amazed with the number of men coming through with poor health.” Conditions such as high blood pressure and depression were apparent and often undiagnosed in men, who “traditionally don’t prioritise their health”.
Mr Walton said through his work as a chronic disease psychologist – working with cardiac, renal and respiratory disease patients – he noticed men coming in post heart attack were getting younger and younger.
This is why it was important to him to highlight men’s health issues – so hopefully they will get involved in the Pit Stop program and see their doctors.
From November 1, Mr Walton grew his first moustache and was excited to be named the winner.
“I had grown a beard and goatee before but not a moustache.”
It was worth all the initial itchiness, he said and now he would keep the look after receiving positive feedback.
“I wasn’t sure how it would go, initially I just grew it and then a friend shaped it. In the past when I’ve had beards people haven’t told me what they thought until I shaved it off. This time most people have commented they liked it and recommended I keep it.”
He now hears “fantastic moustache” all the time.