Guys, and gal, take mo challenge
FIREFIGHTERS are used to taking on challenges.
They regularly battle vicious blazes, saving lives, homes and vegetation in the process.
They cut people from car wrecks after horrific traffic crashes.
They clean up and dispose of hazardous chemicals.
But this is a challenge of a different kind.
Hervey Bay’s firefighters are currently battling their own reflections, putting up with “itchy and annoying” moustaches in the name of charity.
A dozen firies from the station – including, bizarrely, a woman – have thrown down their razors to support Movember.
The month-long charity event sees men grow their facial hair throughout November to raise money for prostate cancer and male depression.
Firefighter Grant Nelson urged people to support the local fire crew in their quest.
“We’re getting the odd donation coming in but we are also going to throw some of our own cash in at the end of the month,” Mr Nelson said.
He says he knew of the fundraiser when he worked in Brisbane and wanted to get the Hervey Bay team involved.
“They didn’t need much persuasion,” he said.
“It is for a good cause but it’s also a good excuse to grow a mo and it’s fun.”
The firefighters join Hervey Bay’s other boys in blue, the police, as they too are participating in the fundraiser.
Rivalry is fierce with each of the services keen to see who can grow the best mos and raise the most cash.
The fire crew is restricted in a sense, however, because their headwear forbids them to grow their mos any lower than the side of the mouth.
“So if we wanted a big Chopper Read moustache, we’re not allowed,” Brendon Jensen explained.
A table tennis tournament is being planned to celebrate the end of Movember at the fire station.
To donate to the firefighters’ cause, log on to http://au.movember.com and enter Hervey Bay Firies under the Donate to a Team section.
They are also collecting donations at the station on Torquay Road.