Lions club’s great shave for Movember

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Some had never grown a moustache before, while others did not know what life was like without one.

Facial hair was sent flying last week as Valentine Lions Club raised more than $1,400 for men’s health.

The fundraiser, which took place at Valentine Bowling Club, was a show of support for this year’s Movember campaign.

A group of eight males bravely signed up for the challenge, with Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser also getting her hair sprayed for the cause.

Valentine Lions Club member Peter Davies said the inaugural event was a great success.

“It’s the first time we’ve ever done it,” he said.
“We’ve got an ageing male population within our membership and we thought it was about time we did something just for the blokes.”

The Movember Foundation is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health.

From humble beginnings in Australia in 2003, the Movember movement has grown to be a truly global one, inspiring support from more than five million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas and funding over 1,250 men’s health projects around the world.

The foundation is taking on the likes of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention, with a major goal to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25% within the next decade.

One of its major fundraisers, Movember, encourages men to raise awareness and donations through growing or shaving a moustache each November, while women can also show their support by hosting events.

Mr Davies said the Lions club was proud to support such a campaign.

“Movember is special because all of the money goes towards men’s health,” he said.

“Unfortunately, that is often overlooked these days, and most men won’t talk about their health issues.”

Valentine Lions Club has achieved more than 40 years of service in the local community.

It supports and raises funds for several projects and organisations such as Valentine Hydrotherapy Pool; local schools, scouts and cubs; the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children at Floraville; Cerebral Palsy Alliance at Croudace Bay; and the John Hunter Children’s Hospital.

Visit the Valentine Lions Club’s Facebook page if you’re interested in joining or for more information.

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