Ah November. It’s that time of year again, the flowers are blooming, the sun is out (four days of the week), and the streets aren’t full of kids on school holidays yet. It’s a beautiful time of year in Geelong; a time to stop and smell the roses, or in Callum MacPherson’s case, it’s time to get his ID out again.
You might recognise Callum from Bottles & Barrels, one of Geelong’s premier café, wine and craft beer stores on Aberdeen Street. You may, however, not recognise him anymore. To celebrate the beginning of Movember, Callum shaved off his signature beard to start fresh for the month. Looking younger than ever, he is doing his part to raise awareness for the dads, brothers, sons, and mates in everybody’s lives.
Callum is one of over 90,000 Australians taking part in Movember – the month-long campaign that raises money and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Each November, men across the globe grow (or try to grow) mustaches and beards of various lengths, quality, and style. From full-blown lumberjack beards, 70s porn mustaches, to very limited and patchy pubescent stubble. Anyone is able to sign up and raise money for Movember, with over $102 million raised in 2018.
Movember is a movement tackling some of the most serious health problems men of today suffer. Around the world, there are 9.9 million men currently living with prostate cancer, while testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer found in men aged 15 to 39. The campaign also raises awareness of mental health issues and depression in men; globally, there is one man dying by suicide dying by suicide every minute of every day.
Anyone is able to take part in Movember. It takes only minutes to sign up at Movember.com to raise money, or to donate to the cause or anyone you know that is taking part. Plus it’s an excuse to grow that filthy handlebar moustache you’ve always dreamed of.
Callum MacPherson has already raised over $1,100; to add to this tremendous effort head to https://au.movember.com/mospace/14078925.