Printers do Movember

November may be over, but it is not too late to donate to the many printers who grew out their moustaches for men’s health this Movember.

Several printers who suffered through the itching and fashion faux pas of mo growth have submitted photos of their furry faces to, as one put it, ‘have a laugh at our expense’ and help drive funding for research and support for mental health, prostate, and testicular cancer.

One is Eastern Press senior account manager David Chaplin, who has raised $770 so far and hopes his participation will help men struggling with mental illness.

“We need to keep an eye on our mates and work colleagues who are under pressure and related stress. As blokes we tend to bottle up these issues, but it is important to open up, share and discuss,” he says.

“Movember raises much needed funds, but also encourages conversations among men, which cannot be a bad thing.”

[Related: Gallery of printer Movember moustaches]

Pemara Labels business manager Aaron Finn has raised $360 so far and says he is growing his mo ‘because of my experiences and exposure to some mates and family who have been exposed to the men’s health issues that Movember supports’.

“Plus I don’t mind having a laugh…at my lack of facial hair growing ability.”

Ricoh national business development manager Mark Katrakis even showed up to the Power 50 event with a bushy moustache, and has raised $345 so far.

“I’m helping to promote men's health issues (cancer, anxiety, depression) whilst raising some money for a worthy cause,” he says.

“It also provides me a great excuse to grow some inappropriate facial hair.”

Industry leaders are doing their part too, with OCA chief executive Naresh Gulati growing his first ever moustache to raise awareness.

Gulati says his whole team has got involved and the one with the best mo will be given a prize today at a company ceremony.

“It has been lots of fun and a great challenge for us all, and I think we have made a good contribution,” he says.

“People need to know about the issues and it is important to lead by example.”

[Related: More fundraising by printers]

Another team getting involved is digital supplier Roland DG, which has raised at least $1755 so far.

Marketing team leader Jake Higgins, who organised the effort, says: “We hope to create more conversation around supporting the cause and making a contribution to donations.”

The Movember foundation has raised some $580m to date, and funded more than 800 programmes in 21 countries.

It says the work and research is to help to save and improve the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.

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