One of the most successful charity initiatives of recent times is ‘Movember’, a month-long event which sees men grow moustaches to raise funds for good causes, especially men’s health and cancer charities.
The movement has a number of celebrity patrons, including Irish rugby star Cian Healy, all of whom ‘grow a mo’ for the month.
It should come as no surprise then that Longford men have taken the idea to heart and have been participating in increasingly large numbers since Movember was first launched in Ireland in 2007.
And in addition to individual efforts this year, a number of local businesses, such as Tool and Plastic Co Ltd and Johnston Farm Equipment, have been encouraging groups of their employees to get in on the Movember action.
“Our boss asked us to grow moustaches for cancer awareness, so we got on board,” Tool and Plastic employee Darren Nulty told the Longford Leader. “We have a sister factory in the Czech Republic and they’ve taken on the challenge too!”
“All our male staff are taking part in Movember,” added Sam Johnston of Johnstons Farm Equipment. “The money we raise will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society.”
Another Movember initiative has taken root in the village of Gowna on the Longford-Cavan border, where around 160 local men are growing moustaches to raise funds for the children’s cancer charity, Aoibheann’s Pink Tie and Cavan/Monaghan Palliative Care.
“I got the idea for the fundraiser after my friend’s daughter was diagnosed with cancer,” explained organiser Cathaldus Hartin.
“The response in the local area has been amazing. We’ll be having a shave night at White’s in Gowna on the 30th, and we’re also organising a comedy night at the Imperial Bar in Cavan, which will feature a number of well-known comedians, including Karl Spain and Gowna’s very own Kevin McGahern, who people will know now as the presenter of ‘Republic of Telly’.”
If you are ‘growing a mo’ for Movember, send on a pic of your facial creation to firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook and the Longford Leader will publish your efforst in the coming weeks.