Mayor’s tash for cause

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Ashburton District mayor Neil Brown with his moustache.

Ashburton District mayor Neil Brown has taken a bit of friendly ribbing from his mates and colleagues over the last few weeks about the developing growth on his top lip, but he doesn’t mind.

Mr Brown has got behind the Movember campaign, an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues.

Movember was a worthy cause to support, Mr Brown said.

“I have been getting a bit of stick from a few people about the state of the moustache, but it’s only for a month, so I can handle it.”

It was the first time taking part in Movember and as well as helping to raise awareness, he had been able to raise some money that would be passed on to the Movember Foundation.

“I had a moustache way back years ago when I was in my 20’s, but this one is definitely not staying.”

By encouraging men to get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths.

Besides annual check-ups, the Movember Foundation encourages men to be aware of family history of cancer and to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

It focuses on the three key areas of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.