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Fond farewell to Movember

MOVEMBER MADNESS: Coral Coast Pharmacy staff get into Movember mode. Annabelle Hirst, Scott Williams, Selina Russell and Linda Davis (front). Teresa Alo, Donna Wall, Crisandra Cox, Tricia Cooney, Alicson Gahan and Jenny Francis (back).
MOVEMBER MADNESS: Coral Coast Pharmacy staff get into Movember mode. Annabelle Hirst, Scott Williams, Selina Russell and Linda Davis (front). Teresa Alo, Donna Wall, Crisandra Cox, Tricia Cooney, Alicson Gahan and Jenny Francis (back). Mike Knott BUNMOV

AFTER 30 days and 30 nights the time has come for men across the country to bid a final farewell to their beloved moustaches.

The end of November signals the end for Movember, a global campaign to raise funds for men's health, including prostate cancer, by growing a hairy friend on their upper lip.

Coral Coast Bundaberg West pharmacist Scott Williams said this was his fifth year in a row participating in Movember, after his father was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

"Ever since then I have been a part of it," he said.

Mr Williams, 28, said his dad got through the ordeal and survived but many do not.

"He got it detected early and came through with flying colours," he said.

But Mr Williams said the important message for men during Movember was to visit the doctor on a regular basis.

"Blokes are pretty bad at going to the doctor regardless of what it is," he said.

"Whether it is depression or any other issue it's a good idea to talk about it."

Mr Williams said he felt that Movember had done a great deal to get men to talk about issues.

"Growing a mo' becomes a great conversation starter for people when they come into the pharmacy," he said.

Mr Williams said the pharmacy had raised around $500 towards Movember and it remained a fun way to raise awareness for a serious issue.

"I'm really happy with that and with all the guys helping out."

Mr Williams said while the response to the cause had been overwhelmingly positive, the same could not be said for his moustache.

"The response to my mo' has been mainly negative," he said, laughing.

"But I have had about six people say I look like Clark Gable."

Mr Williams said despite a minority in favour of his new look, he would not have any separation anxiety from his new hairy friend.

Local accountant Mitch Hooper, 25 went a step further with his commitment to the cause with a proposed chest wax last night.

"I was going to shave my beard and head for $1000 but said if we could raise $2000 I'd wax my chest," he said.

From its humble beginnings in Melbourne, Movember has grown into a global event with more than 1.9 million participants from 21 countries.

The campaign raised over $93 million worldwide last month.

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