Getting their 'staches on

Last year $580 million was raised by Movember to fund more than 800 programs in 21 countries

Every spring you might notice some of your male teachers, friends and co-workers sprouting a little more facial hair than usual. Never fear – they're not going feral. It's for Movember, and they're just getting their ‘staches on.

I first heard of Movember two years ago when one of my co-workers, Eric, took part.  I asked him what Movember is all about, and it turns out, he isn't the only TAFE teacher or staff member who takes part.

Movember is a campaign for men in Australia and around the world to raise awareness and funds for men's health.  The moustached campaign is a fun way to get people to talk about serious health issues that face men.  Often men are less likely than women to discuss their health problems or concerns or to seek help.  In addition, there's a stigma surrounding some health issues, such as mental health.

The Movember Foundation funds programs that aim to promote awareness of men's heath issues, as well as dealing with mental health issues, and in combatting and living with cancers such as prostate and testicular cancer.

Last year $580 million was raised by Movember to fund more than 800 programs in 21 countries.

South Western Sydney Institute (SWSi), has participated for a couple of years now (including teachers like Eric), and will be participating again this year.  Last year the SWSi Mo Stars raised $4265.  And they're looking for a few good ‘staches again this year.  Other TAFE NSW Institutes are participating as well – the Northern Sydney Institute, and Sydney TAFE have already answered the call on Twitter.  Maybe they'll come close to being as great at the SWSi Mo Stars (can you tell I'm biased?).

If you want to check out the battle yourself, search for the hashtag #TAFEMoBattle on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.  Even better, you can join a team yourself!

Find out more about Movember, including how to join a team, how to contribute, or find out about men's health issues at their website or on their Facebook page.