Firefighters sign up for Movember to improve men’s health

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Kalgan River Fire Brigade volunteers' Darryl Bradley and Brent Findlay.
Camera IconKalgan River Fire Brigade volunteers' Darryl Bradley and Brent Findlay. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

By growing hair above their top lip, men around the region are doing something simple to save lives.

The moustaches that will pop up around the region in the coming month of November — or Movember — aim to get men talking about their health.

Kalgan Volunteer Bushfire Brigade captain Darryl Bradley has already started to let his mo grow. He is raising money alongside several other bushfire volunteers in the region.

Mr Bradley is not a fan of how he looks with a moustache but he draws on his own mental health battles to put his doubt aside and push for men to speak up.

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“Having struggled with my own mental health issues previously, and seeing how good the fire brigade and everything has done for me, it was quite important to me,” he said.

“It is a horrible-looking thing when I grow it — it goes a really odd orangey colour. But we need to get the message out there.”

When people see men sporting a moustache this month, he wants them to think about what it represents.

“It is OK to talk about mental health and it is OK to not be OK,” he said.

“Get involved in things like your brigade and clubs because it definitely helps. It is one of the biggest factors that helped me.”

Money raised will go towards the Movember campaign which targets mental health, suicide prevention, prostate and testicular cancer.

You can donate at T&C Supplies or visit mvmbr.co/2GpEXpO.

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