Mo showdown raises more than money

UnitingCare Caroona Yamba Hostel staff and volunteers with their upper-lip growth for Movember. From left: Wayne Franklin, Paul Johnson, Glen Robb, Shannon Simpkins, Paul Green, Greg Bowie and Tony Fant. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner
UnitingCare Caroona Yamba Hostel staff and volunteers with their upper-lip growth for Movember. From left: Wayne Franklin, Paul Johnson, Glen Robb, Shannon Simpkins, Paul Green, Greg Bowie and Tony Fant. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner Jojo Newby

THE UPPER-lip fur was flying on the Lower Clarence earlier this week when two Movember events reached their final, hairy conclusion.

And for many taking part, the razors couldn't come quick enough.

For the month of November, staff at UnitingCare Caroona aged care hostel in Yamba and Mareeba Aged Care in Maclean have been sporting mos in order to raise awareness of male depression and also Beyond Blue - a charity supporting those battling depression.

On Thursday, the razors were finally unleashed at both sites as staff members lost the growth during special morning tea and lunch-time events.

Caroona activities team member Paul Green - one of the masterminds behind the event - said despite both facilities being in it together, there was still a friendly, unspoken rivalry as to who could sprout the best soup-strainer.

Mr Green said while the jury was still out on which group had best rocked the mo, the month had been a great success.

"Everyone got on board - even the ladies, we had fake ones available on Thursday and they made a donation to wear one of those," Mr Green said.

"It was just a great effort by everyone."

Mr Green said most of the staff members had been more than happy to part with their moustaches on Thursday, himself included.

"The wife's birthday was Friday so I had to have it gone by then - she didn't like it too much," he said.

Mr Green - who works with a number of residents battling depression - organised the Movember event not as a fundraiser but to raise awareness of the issue of depression in men.

However, through coin donations collected from residents and staff at both sites on Thursday, he said about $340 had been raised which would be donated directly to BeyondBlue.

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