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Prickly heroes line up for shave

SCOTT MORGAN
Last updated 08:52 06/12/2012
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GOING, GOING: Air NZ flight attendant Jo Buchanan shaves firefighter Liam Devoy’s Movember mo off, while team member Tony Scott watches on.

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Firefighters from across Auckland lost their mos in a very public fashion to celebrate the end of Movember.

Domestic passengers at Auckland Airport had the pleasure of shaving the hairy lips, while other firefighters collected donations to help in the fight against prostate cancer and depression.

Airport firefighter Tony Scott, who organised the collection at the domestic terminal, says it wasn't a hard decision to get involved.

Two of his colleagues have been fighting prostate cancer this year.

"It's an awareness thing, having a bit of fun and raising some money."

Mr Scott says there's a huge variety of mos among the 34 Flaming Moe's team members, who are taking part in the nationwide Movember fundraising campaign for men's health.

But he's just pleased he has the ability to grow one at all.

"Now I'm a bit older, I can grow it a bit easier."

He knows from experience the domestic terminal is the perfect place to raise funds.

"Fifteen years ago a shift I was on did a head shave for Ronald McDonald House and raised a couple of thousand dollars.

"It's so busy and there's that interaction with the public."

Mr Scott, who's also involved with other fundraising efforts like the SkyTower Stair Challenge, says it's great interacting with the passengers.

Team captain Liam Devoy is thrilled the team reached their goal of raising more than $5000 even before they did the domestic terminal collection.

"It's gone really well. The guys have been enthusiastic about it and just run with it - I'm pretty happy with that."

The team have consistently ranked in the top 20 of more than 1000 teams taking part throughout the country and are hoping for a strong finish.

Fundraising wraps up on December 10. Visit nz.movember.com and search for Flaming Moes to donate.

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- Manukau Courier

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