A moustache with a message

'Dirty mo' initiative may scoop national award

AUDREY MALONE
Last updated 05:00 18/03/2014
Ti-mo-ru organisers Ashley Manson
AUDREY MALONE

A-MO-ZING: Ti-mo-ru organisers Ashley Manson and Sam Wilson are travelling to Invercargill this weekend for the Trustpower national community awards.

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The hair above the top lip on many South Canterbury men during November has a local group in the running for a national award.

Local Movember group, Ti-mo-ru, is a finalist for the national Trustpower Community Awards in Invercargill this coming weekend after winning last year's regional award.

Ti-mo-ru is a collective group of local people who fundraise money and bring awareness to mens health with an emphasis on mental health.

One of the Ti-mo-ru organisers, Sam Wilson, said it was quite humbling for a group of mates who just wanted to get a message across to be nominated alongside revered groups such as Cycling Southland and Dunedin's Neurological Foundation.

"I got involved on a personal level, seeing family and friends, especially guys, suffer from health issues.

"It struck a chord with me to be part of this group who are like-minded people with a common goal to increase awareness about men's health.

"Also it's a great excuse for one month to grow a dirty, dirty mo," Mr Wilson said.

Travelling to Invercargill alongside Mr Wilson will be another organiser, Ashley Manson, and Timaru District Mayor, Damon Odey. Mr Wilson said the application for the national award is quite an intricate process, submitting a 1000-word written presentation, and an eight min- ute visual presentation which has an opening speech from Mr Odey.

There will be 25 regional groups competing for the prize, with the winner being announced on Saturday night.

"Hopefully we will bring home the silverware."

Mr Wilson said he had been growing his facial hair for the past three months in anticipation of the ceremony but did not have a particular look he was striving for.

"Anything ginger, that's all I know."

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- The Timaru Herald

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