Gympie firefighters (back) Rob Frey, Ash Dickson, Darren Lacey, Tony Wildman, (front) Blair Smith, Clynt Boneham and Greg Stewart.
Gympie firefighters (back) Rob Frey, Ash Dickson, Darren Lacey, Tony Wildman, (front) Blair Smith, Clynt Boneham and Greg Stewart. Submitted

Firies get into spirit of the Mo

GYMPIE firies will be growing facial hair to fight prostate cancer this November.

The clean-shaven firefighters are preparing for a prickly month growing mos for Movember, the month-long celebration of the moustache.

Movember is a charity event aimed at highlighting men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men, while raising money for research.

The crew have the month to grow and groom their moustache, have some fun, raise a small amount of money and hopefully encourage men to talk about their health with each other.

Coordinator Ash Dickson said it gave the guys something else to think about other than the road trauma they mostly dealt with.

“This is a way of helping people and having a bit of fun at the same time,” he said.

“It’s nice to do a bit extra if we can and it’s actually the only part of facial hair we can grow. Anything under the top lip is not allowed because the breathing apparatus fits around the edge of our face and needs to form a perfect seal.”

During Movember, these firefighters will be a walking billboard for men’s health and The Gympie Times urges any individual or business willing to sponsor a moustache to drop a donation into the station or call fire officer Dickson on 0424 390 904.

All money raised by the mos will go to The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue – the national depression initiative.

Gympie Times


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