Celebs ‘come clean’ for start of Movember

2016-11-08 06:01
Photo: supplied Chad and Bert le Clos support the Movember campaign.

Photo: supplied Chad and Bert le Clos support the Movember campaign.

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THE hairiest month of the year is here. It’s time for Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to join the biggest movement for men’s health of our time - Movember.

For the past 13 years, across 21 countries, Movember has become a global effort to raise funds and awareness around the often-ignored issue of men’s health.

Help change the face of men’s health. Sign up, Grow a Mo, save a Bro.

Calling all men to start Movember clean shaven, and then to grow and groom a moustache (or Mo) for the month.

Local Durban celebrities and Movember ambassadors joined the shave-off in Hillcrest at Gerald Wells’ Barber Shop.

Ambassadors included Olympic gold medalist Chad le Clos and his dad Bert, as well as East Coast Radio’s breakfast show presenter Darren Maule, and SA Rugby Legend AJ Venter.

These Movember ambassadors have signed up to lead the charge in raising awareness and opening dialogues about issues that affect men as well as the promotion of the need to improve your general health.

“The moustache is our ribbon for men’s health. As the pink ribbon is to breast cancer, our moustache is our ribbon. Use it to raise awareness and funds and stop men dying too young,” says Garron Gsell, chief executive and founder of the Men’s Foundation, which drives Movember in South Africa.

Signing up for Movember is free. Sign up on www.movember.com

Register as an individual or a start a team. Get your company or community involved. Or just set yourself in MO(tion) by growing a mo for 30 days. And all the while, raise funds for the cause.

Women can sign up as Mo Sistas, in support of their fathers, brothers or sons.

“We want men to live happier, healthier, longer lives. Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends are facing this health crisis and it’s not being talked about. We can’t afford to stay silent. We need to talk about it. We need to act. We want men to talk when things get tough,” says Gsell.

Detecting health issues early is key to treating the problem. Knowing your family history is equally important. Annual health checks are vital in identifying potential health risks.

For more information, download the Movember app on your mobile device. Follow Movember on social media - @MovemberRSA on Twitter or Facebook/MovemberSouthAfrica.

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