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‘Movember’ ends with big shave off
THE MONTH of the big moustache has come to an end and men in Paphos who have grown moustaches for the duration of the month had them shaved off at a charity event held yesterday.
The aim of the worldwide initiative is to help raise funds, and increase awareness of men’s health issues as part of the worldwide ‘Movember’ campaign.
This year funds are being raised in support of the Paphos Friends hospice, and ‘Movember’ was organised by St George’s Football Club.
Men taking part in the event gathered sponsorship to grow their moustaches for the month and then shave them off.
Organisers of the shave off event are not yet sure of the total amount raised -a collection at the event yesterday brought in €600 alone. They say they are hoping to raise at least €2,000.
Peyia resident, Nicolas Eggers, sported a splendid moustache, raising €150 for the hospice. He and a group of friends wore T-shirts with the slogan “If you like my tash- then donate some cash.”
He and the other Movember men had their moustaches shaved off by Pete Jenkinson, a barber from Peyia. Jenkins brought along his barbers chair and hair-cutting equipment to the Frog and Toad bar in Coral Bay, where the men were all ‘shorn.’
Paul Clarke aka ‘Cycling Cyprus’ is well known for his charity fundraising- usually accomplished by cycling round the island or by cycling for hours on a static bike. As well as growing a moustache for charity- he also had his entire head shaved- raising €200.
There was also a chance to have a haircut at the bar, raising more funds.
During the month, the Movember men act as a walking advertisement highlighting the necessity of regular medical checkups for prostate and testicular cancers.
The event also included entertainment and a live radio broadcast by Rock FM – presenter Jason Collins had also grown a moustache for the month.
He said: “I’ll be glad to have it all shaved off as it’s quite itchy now- but it’s all for a good cause and the Friends hospice do such an amazing job.”
The Friends hospice is currently the only operational hospice in Paphos and is situated in a special wing of the Evangelismos hospital.
Around 500 people have been cared for at the hospice which provides palliative care for people suffering with life limiting illness and support for them and their families.
Chris Jones the president of the Paphos Friends hospice foundation attended the event and said: “It’s wonderful to see so many people taking part and showing their support for the facility. We can’t thank them enough.”