Shepparton firefighters have been busy raising awareness about men’s health by growing moustaches for Movember.
Station officer Rob Puise said he was conflicted about dying his mo after realising light-coloured hair was not as noticeable, but he resisted the urge.
‘‘I had to go for length, that’s the main thing,’’ he said.
Mr Puise said about 13 members and volunteers signed up for Movember, an initiative they took part in every second year.
So far the Shepparton Firies team has raised more than $2000 and is hoping to get a bit extra as the campaign comes to an end.
Mr Puise said they were focused on mental health and raising awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder because that was something that could affect firefighters.
Team captain Chris Bethell said during Movember the Shepparton Firies also held a silent auction that ended on Wednesday to raise more money for the cause.
Mr Bethell said he scaled back his mo this year and opted for a simple moustache rather than the handlebar look.
‘‘I just thought I’d go with something different,’’ he said.
Unfortunately, growing a mo can be a difficult experience, especially when it is itchy.
‘‘The first few weeks are terrible,’’ Mr Bethell said.
‘‘But it has been good fun, a bit of something to distract us from the day-to-day routine.’’
Mr Bethell said the firefighters were trying to get the word out about men’s heath in general because they believed it was important people received the help and support they needed if they were unwell.
To find out more about the Shepparton Firies or to donate, visit the website at https://au.movember.com/team/2235376