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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Squadron’s fundraiser takes flight

The No. 76 Squadron at the RAAF Base in Williamtown is looking a whole lot hairier after its members ditched their daily shave to support Movember and Decembeard.

While most of us know what Movember is all about, Decembeard is a lesser-known cause – it is a campaign from Bowel Cancer Australia that aims to increase awareness and raise funds to help defeat bowel cancer.

Decembeard encourages male participants to grow out their beards while raising awareness for the national charity that is dedicated to the prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and the best care for everyone affected by bowel cancer.

It doesn’t stop at beards though, with people (including females) encouraged to take part in any way they can.

Fundraisers could grow a beard or some chin stubble and promote their facial hair, dye, decorate shave or trim their existing hair, fake some luscious locks by wearing a wig or making a hair-inspired creation or donating the amount they spend on shaving/grooming by skipping their next waxing appointment or haircut.

The squadron’s participation in the cause was initiated by C Flight Commander Squadron Leader Jason De Iuliis. 

“Members can go without shaving and are encouraged to donate money to both charities,” Squadron Leader De Iuliis said. 

“They could start growing their beard as early as November so long as they contributed additional funds.”

The squadron opened the fundraiser to all its members and, since November, 26 men have come on board, ignoring the itch and growing out their beards and moustaches.  

Some of the female members also participated in Move-ember, a welcome component of Movember, which allowed all to get involved by committing to physical activities.

For more information on these fundraising campaigns, go to the Movember website or the Bowel Cancer Australia website.