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Making ‘mo’st of Movember

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November 09, 2017

Shepparton firefighters Ryan Kervin and Rob Puise are making sure the whole team is on board with their Movember fundraising effort - even the fire trucks.

Ryan Kervin and Rob Puise give their fire engines a Movember makeover.

The firies at Shepparton Fire Brigade have been taking part in Movember for a while, but this year even the trucks are sporting more facial hair.

In a bid to help the team reach its fundraising goal of $5000, three of the fire vehicles have ‘Movember’ moustaches.

Each of the three vehicles has a distinctive facial style it will wear for the rest of the month.

Station officer Rob Puise said the striking moustaches were made from old carpet.

‘‘They look impressive, we had one guy from Bendigo (CFA) saying they should do the same,’’ Mr Puise said.

The team attempted to grow their own facial hair in the past week, with the goal to reach an impressive, if temporary, moustache by November 30.

‘‘There are some people that are noticeably very good at growing mos and there are some guys that aren’t too great and get mocked,’’ he said.

Last year the team raised $3324 for the month, but this year it was important to do a little bit better, he said.

Money raised for Movember goes towards initiatives to improve men’s health and reduce male suicide through the Movember Foundation.

Suicide, PTSD and mental health were important topics for his team and firefighters across Australia.

‘‘It is a bit of a male thing to keep it all to yourself, but in today’s environment we talk about and share the experience,’’ he said.

‘‘I do not personally know anyone but there have been some firies that have taken their lives.’’

He said growing the mo was always a bit of an adjustment, but with 15 of his colleagues taking part he knew it was for an important cause.

‘‘I might even keep mine for a bit longer,’’ he said.

To donate to the Shepparton CFA Movember team, go to au.movember.com/team/2235376

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