Workers get munching for Movember

SARAH FOY - NORTH TARANAKI MIDWEEK
Last updated 14:51 21/11/2012
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Sarah Foy

acques Malan, Pallak Manan and Zoe Meuli savour the chocolate treats baked by Transfield Worley staff as a fundraiser for the nationwide campaign, Movember.

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Moustached males are tucking into a more-ish morning tea each Monday morning in an attempt to raise as much money as possible for Movember.

Fifty male staff and eight female co-workers at Transfield Worley are taking part in the nationwide fundraiser organised to raise awareness of prostate cancer and depression.

During November men grow moustaches and seek out sponsorship for their hairy efforts. Women can also take part, electing to be "Mo Sistas".

Zoe Meuli, health and safety administrator at Transfield Worley, said the company got involved in the nationwide fundraiser each year. To spur male colleagues on, eight women were preparing morning tea with a different theme each Monday.

Last week chocolate-themed cakes, brownies and mini tarts graced smoko tables while the following two Mondays there would be a focus on cookies and family favourites.

Staff paid to vote for their favourite morning tea, with the money helping bolster the company's fundraising. At the same time Mo Sistas were keeping photographic records of their colleagues' facial growth and posting them on the staff intranet.

Last year more than $1000 was raised with the company matching staff contributions dollar for dollar.

Ms Meuli said health and safety issues were important to Transfield Worley, which worked in a male-dominated industry. Men were affected by both prostate cancer and depression.

"It's good to support the campaign and important to talk about things that men might not usually talk about."

Jacques Malan, strategy and marketing co-ordinator, who sported a decent crop of hair above his lip, said a previous colleague died of prostate cancer so he was keen to take part.

Pallak Manan, of the Cancer Society, said the campaign was a fun, easy way to get men involved.

"Mo Bros" effectively became walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions and words helped raise awareness.

Funds would be equally shared between the Cancer Society and the Mental Health Foundation.

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