Local surf lifesavers are taking up the challenge to grow a mo in support of men’s health this Movember.
Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health by raising funds, making a difference in mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer and Forrest Beach Surf Club is joining the cause.
Mo Bros, Club President, Tony Lahtinen and Club Captain, Luke Kaurila are passionate about men’s health and decided to take part due to the stigma attached to men’s mental health issues.
“Myself included, I think many blokes are still too stubborn to admit when we need help until it is potentially too late,” Mr Lahtinen said.
“If growing a moustache means helping others, shedding light on the subject and bringing about more awareness to men’s mental health than I’ll put my hand up,” he said.
“Surf Life Saving has helped me to manage my mental health by keeping my mind active with ways I can improve our organisation and contribute to helping more people improve their lives.
It also motivates me to stay fit and healthy which helps my outlook on life too,” he said.
Mr Kaurila said that his involvement with the surf club was another factor that motivated him to be involved.
“Forrest Beach Surf Club values and promotes good health and wellbeing, particularly mental health for its members.
“Being fit, having fun outdoors, being part of a team and giving back to our community on patrol is what our surf life saving club is all about,” Mr Kaurila said.
“I consider myself lucky and give my thoughts to those who aren’t so lucky,” he said.
When asked if they will keep their impressive mos after Movember is over, both men said they were happy to go back to clean-shaven.
“There’s a lot involved in growing a good mo and we’re not growing these moustaches for nothing,” Mr Kaurila laughed.
“It’s for all the dads, brothers, sons and mates in our lives,” he said.
The Forrest Beach Mo Bros hope to raise $500 by the end of November.
If you would like to make their mos worthwhile and help them reach their goal, you can donate by clicking on the link https://movember.com/t/forrest-beach-slsc-mo-s?mc=1
Donations fund medical research, ground-breaking test and trials, life-changing men’s health programs and innovative treatments.
“Hopefully, our efforts go a small way towards raising awareness within our club and the wider community,” Mr Lahtinen said.