Council staff embrace 'Movember'
The charity craze sweeping the world, ‘Movember’ is now here and
the ‘Mo Bro’s and Mo Sisters’ at Bedford Borough Council have risen
to the challenge to raise money and awareness about men’s
During November each year, ‘Movember’ is responsible for the
sprouting of moustaches on millions of men’s faces in the UK and
around the world. The aim of Movember is to raise awareness and
vital funds for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and
other cancers that affect men. Since its conception in Melbourne,
Australia in 2003 the campaign has raised over £106m and is gaining
in global popularity each year.
Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the
30 days of November and through their actions and words raise
awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the
often ignored issue of men’s health.
Staff from across the Council have committed to the cause as
they groom, trim, wax or just grow their way into the annals of
fine moustachery as the month progresses. Mo Sistas have added
their support helping to raise funds by seeking sponsorship for
their colleagues’ Mo-growing efforts.
As well as staff the Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson has
also signed up to the campaign and will be shaving his trademark
beard as part of the campaign.
Chief Executive of Bedford Borough Council, Philip Simpkins
“Anything that raises awareness and generates funds for
health issues is always a worthy cause. Movember has gone from
strength to strength since its beginnings and I am pleased that
staff at Bedford Borough Council have embraced the charitable
spirit to help raise money for prostate cancer and other health
issues effecting men.”
Staff will be continuing to nurture their facial follicles
throughout the month while they hope to raise both funds and
awareness amongst their colleagues.