Come November 1, thirty eight men from the Kingfisher Bay Resort Group - including Resort General Manager, Warwick Kahl, and Group General Manager, David Hay - will put their very best handlebars, crumb catchers and trucker moustaches forward - ably supported by their considerably less hirsute female fundraising counterparts - to raise awareness of the two biggest health issues men face – prostate cancer and male mental health.
Kingfisher Bay Resort General Manager, Warwick Kahl, said the resort traditionally sponsored environmental charities like the Australian Marine Conservation Society but, as one of the largest employer’s on the Fraser Coast, had decided to support Movember to remind their male staff members of the importance of early detection and diagnosis when it came to health.
“We’ll start with clean shaven faces and over the course of the month will groom, trim and wax and hopefully grow some impressive moustaches and even more impressive fundraising balances,” he said.
Mr Kahl said his team of hirsute hair growers took their task seriously had even jumped online to seek advice from the world’s longest moustache grower, Ram Singh Chauhan of India.
According to Mr Chauhan (and news.yahoo.com) – who sports a whopping 4.2 metre long ‘mo’ – his major tip to success was to groom regularly.
“Apparently he massages his moustache with coconut oil and gets his wife to wash it every ten days – so we’ll endeavour to do the same,” Mr Kahl joked.
Funds raised over the month will be directed to programs run by Movember and their men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue: the national depression initiative.
But women’s health hasn’t been forgotten in the facial hair-growing frenzy; Kingfisher Bay Resort has also signed on as a sponsor of Curves fitness franchise ‘Curvette of the Year’ – a program which rewards a Curves’ club member who has dramatically turned their life around through fitness and nutrition.
The 2013 Curvette of the Year - chosen from hundreds of applicants around the country - will be crowned in a glittering ceremony at the end of November. The lucky winner will then jet off to Fraser Island for a large dose of healthy holidaying - from self-guided walking trails to Ranger-guided canoe paddles, water sport activities and time out exploring the world's largest sand island from their base at Kingfisher Bay Resort.
Mo’ on MOvember
Since its humble beginnings in Melbourne, Australia, Movember has grown to become a global movement inspiring more than 1.9 Million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, South Africa, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Belgium and the Czech Republic.
The ‘MO down’ on Moustaches:
According to the Guinness World Records 2009, Badamsinh Juwansinh Gurjar of India held the record for longest moustache. His moustache measured a staggering 12.5 feet and as of 2004 after growing it for 22 years. This was usurped on the 4th of March 2010 by another Indian, Ram Singh Chauhan of Rajasthan, who registered a moustache 14 feet (4.29m) on the set of the Lo Show dei Record in Rome.