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A momentous occasion

Monday, 2nd November, 2009

Three local pharmacists put down the razor yesterday to throw their support behind Movember.

Movember encourages men to spend a month growing the most impressive moustache they can muster.

In return they reap donations from the community, raising funds for health issues affecting their hairy brethren. Pharmacists Andrew Johnson, Jason Harvey and Alex Page have decided to grow a moustache this month to support the cause.

As easily accessible health professionals, pharmacists play an important role in educating the public about medications and disease. The trio invited locals to head down to South Pharmacy, Tembys Pharmacy and CP Peoples Chemist during November to learn more about the cause, and to see some fairly paltry attempts at moustache growing.

Additionally, donations of greater then $5 in value will go into the draw to win a $200 Outback Pharmacy Voucher.

Movember began about eight years ago as an answer to similar events geared at women - such as Pink Ribbon Day - and has continued to gain in popularity ever since. All funds raised go towards research and awareness initiatives for two prevalent diseases affecting men - prostate cancer and depression. It is estimated that one in six Australian men suffer from depression, and that prostate cancer claims as many men as breast cancer does women. Statistics show that rural men in particular needs to be more proactive when it comes to their health. Women are also encouraged to take an active role in Movember through donations, fund raising and learning to tolerate a terrible moustache.

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