Men grow moustaches for 'Movember' health awareness push

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 November, 2012, 6:21pm

"Movember" began yesterday, with nearly a thousand men growing moustaches to raise awareness and money for men's health issues during November.

Movember - a combination of "mo" for moustache and November - started in Australia in 2003 and has since spread across North America and Europe. This is the first year the campaign is being held in Asia - in Hong Kong and Singapore.

"We are aiming to raise awareness of men's health issues, particularly prostate cancer, one of the most diagnosed cancers in men in Hong Kong," said the chief of Movember Asia, Greg Rafferty. "It's a fun campaign that raises funds and awareness for some serious issues."

Movember-Hong Kong is represented by nine volunteer spokesmen.

Spokesman Chester Grucza, the manager of Fly Club, who is well known in the nightlife scene for his handlebar moustache, shaved it off for the first time in four years, to watch it grow back.

"I'm going to feel naked and maybe a little cold at first, but it's for a good cause and it'll grow back soon," he said.

"Moustache goes to mark Movember debut" Video by Hedy Bok

Other spokesmen include Salom Yiu Kam-shing, a member of the Hong Kong team that won the Asian Sevens Series rugby championship, and celebrity make-up artist Kenneth Wong.

Men can register for the campaign at which is available in English and Chinese. All funds raised from the campaign will go to the Hong Kong Cancer Fund and other local cancer initiatives.

Nearly seven in ten men who responded to a recent Health Post survey on prostate cancer and men's health do not get annual health check-ups, and only 7 per cent exercise for at least 30 minutes a day; physical inactivity is a risk factor for prostate cancer.