Movember is all over

THERE were plenty of impressive looking "mo's" - and some not so impressive - spied around town over the last month.

The boys at Naracoorte Toyota, Acacia Downs Dairy and Betta Home Living all put their razors in storage for Movember - a campaign aimed at raising money and awareness for men's cancer and mental health.

Toyota's Mark Collins said he and his colleagues embraced the initiative as a whole group for the first time this year.

"Everyone likes to comment and everyone who comes in and sees us instantly knows we're doing Movember," he told the Herald last week.

"I think Luke Collins is probably winning with his Merv Hughes, a couple have gone for the Chopper Read and then there are a few that are just happy with what they can get."

Mark said the cause was something close to him after he overcame his own battle with testicular cancer.

"A lot of people know someone affected by cancer or depression or something. You could probably talk to everyone here and they would be able to tell you something they've been through either directly or indirectly.

"It's good to be involved in these sort of things to raise money. They're always a good idea."

Calling themselves the "Kakadu Wombats", they collected money in tins but also made an agreement that if anyone shaved off their moustache before the 30th day they would have to donate $100.

Two succumbed and had to pay the fine.

In total the team, which included help from unofficial member Dave Clifford at the Kincraig Hotel, raised about $800 and more donations are still coming in.

The trio at Betta Home Living - "Betta Fellas" - also committed to the grow, braving itchiness and annoyed partners to see out the month.

The shave couldn't have come soon enough for captain Jamie Bettoncelli.

"I'm sick of it now," he said on Friday. "Especially now because I can see it."

Wade Northcott was undecided on whether he should shave, after recently having a baby and worrying about whether he'd be recognisable to his child.

"And my wife hates it," he added. 

Ian Russell said his wife was the same. "She's not too keen on it," he said. "It's very itchy."

In total the team raised $345 but are still awaiting some outstanding donations.

Furthermore, the four dairy farmers from Acacia Downs let their upper lip fuzz grow out for Movember.

Organiser Paul Arundell said it all went well and money was collected by putting tins in stores around town and selling a steer for $350.

"A big thank you to Castec, Billy Mac's, Knights and Selig's Hairdressing Salon who let us put our tins out," he said.

"Around Naracoorte there seemed to be a lot of blokes getting involved...I got the official nod from quite a few who were doing it too. 

"It was really wonderful to see."

Figures are still being added up but the tentative amount raised by Acacia Downs is somewhere around the $1200 mark.

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