For the 3rd year running, the male members of staff at HMG Paints Ltd will be growing moustaches in support of the global charity initiative, Movember. Employees at the Manchester based, independent industrial paints manufacturer, will start the month with clean shaven faces, and will then endeavour to provide hirsute additions to their upper-lips over the course of November. In the process, they will not only raise money for the charity, but will also become ‘walking, talking billboards’, raising the awareness of two often-overlooked men’s health issues, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
During the last two years, twenty HMG employees have managed to raise over £1200 for the charity by growing a fine variety of facial hair. The donations were provided by kind, customers, suppliers, family members and friends. Tony O'Connor (pictured), a Technical Sales Representative was generally considered to have cultivated the finest facial furniture last year, but all of the guys who took part produced valiant efforts.
For 2012, Movember organiser and HMG Marketing Manager, Stephen ‘Paddy’ Dyson, who will be growing some wispy whiskers himself, is hoping to recruit still more Mo Bro’s at the Collyhurst Road factory and raise even more funds for their nominated charity. “With the UK paint industry being so male dominated we want to raise awareness & money for a fantastic cause. Whilst also bringing the Mo’ back in fashion, even if it is only for one month.”
In this country, prostate cancer is the most common cancer amongst men, with 36,000 cases diagnosed annually, so the HMG lads have selected The Prostate Cancer Charity as their nominated cause. Donations can be made through our Movember Space, by going to http://mobro.co/HMGpaints
These Manchester Mo Bro’s will be encouraged by the knowledge that they are just part of a truly global movement, involving more than a million people in many countries around the world. To date the worldwide Movember movement has raised £184 million and the HMG guys – and the Mo Sista’s who are supporting them – are proud to be doing their bit.