Unshaven savour the mo-ment

With Movember nearly over, it's time to celebrate

LAURA WALTERS
Last updated 12:00 30/11/2012
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E-mo-tional farewell: From left, Chris Thwaites, Kira Paul, Dave Brown and Tommo James will say goodbye to their moustaches at the end of the month.

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With Movember nearly over, and the facial hair about to come off, a group of Palmerston North men feel the need for a celebration.

The first official Palmerston North Movember party will be held at the Empire Hotel tomorrow night.

Bar manager Dave Brown said it was the first time he had been officially involved in Movember.

The month of moustaches started in Australia nine years ago to raise awareness for men's health.

Mr Brown, along with a group of loyal patrons, had been fundraising, and gearing up for the event all month, when he was not working on his mo, of course.

Movember was a great way to raise awareness for all aspects of men's health, he said.

"You talk about things that you don't usually talk about."

For the father-of-four, whose own father died when he was young, Movember was about men's health.

Mr Brown said he expected about 100 people at Saturday night's event.

The night, which starts at 7pm, will include the judging of different categories of moustaches by celebrity judges.

The categories include best Team Mo, Mo Sista, and the Man of Movember.

Movember ambassador, and five-time Man of Movember winner Tommo James, got the Empire Hotel involved in the official side of Movember.

Earlier this month he also successfully campaigned to have Movember billboards erected around the city.

It was more about appreciation of other people's moustaches, than the competition, he said.

The trick to a good mo was a dry shave at midnight on October 31, and sculpting with a single blade razor, Mr James said.

Chris Thwaites, who won the Wellington title for Man of Movember earlier in the week, said a lot went into the perfect mo.

"It takes 11 months of planning."

And about 45 minutes of moulding at the end.

So far New Zealand has raised more than $1 million for Movember.

Tickets to the official Movember party are $10 at the door. There will be a celebrity moustache shave-off in The Plaza on Sunday, from 11am.

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