Movember Party in New Zealand Raises $1K
A Movember party held at a local pub in New Zealand raised $1,000 towards men’s health, New Zealand-based newspaper The Marlborough Express reports.
Movember is an annual, month-long charity event held in November that raises funds and awareness for men’s health issues. To participate, men have to grow their mustache for the month of November.
Proceeds from the party went to the Marlborough Cancer Society.
The winner of the best mustache contest was Jim Schofield of Blenheim, who made an agreement with his staff at Fisher Windows Marlborough to grow his mustache to raise awareness for prostate cancer.
According to The Marlborough Express, Schofield said he plans to shave the his mustache at the end of the month. "My wife will enjoy it being removed," he said told the Express. "I'll be glad to get rid of it myself. Basically at the start of the month, myself and some of the workers took on a pact to grow a mustache to see who would have the best one."
Also in attendance at the pub on Saturday was Scott Dawson, last year’s Movember winner. Along with Dawson was his wife, four sons and daughter, all of whom were donning mustaches, though some were more authentic than others.
To further promote health awareness, Paddy Barry's [pub] also had rowing machine contests. Prizes were given out to those who could reach 500 meters the fastest and for the top speed inside 20 seconds.
According to the Express, Marlborough Cancer Society health promoter Teresa Goza said the fundraising day was a fantastic event.