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Lecturers and support staff at Wakefield College have helped raise more than £1,200 for charity as part of Movember – the awareness campaign which involves men growing moustaches for charity.

The participants are known as the Mo Bros, and have taken it upon themselves to grow and groom their moustaches over the last month, much to the amusement of students and fellow staff.

Programme Area Manager, Mike Jaques, who helped organise this year’s team, said: “The Wakefield College team consists of 19 members of staff most of whom have been, or know someone who has been, affected by cancer. As well as raising money, the team has brought together people from all over the College and provided some light-hearted relief when other staff and students see the usually professional staff sporting silly moustaches.”

Around 355,000 people have signed up nationally to the appeal this year, with more than £10.4m raised so far this year for men's health.

Hywell Mills, Movember's sponsorship manager, said: "We’ve had a fantastic year so far, with 100,000 more moustaches being grown than last year, and the amount of awareness that generates, even before a penny is raised, cannot be underestimated.

“We find it’s a great conversation starter, especially as men aren't as comfortable as women in having these types of conversations.”

Movember, which was started in 2003 by two Australian individuals, now spans 21 countries across the globe and has helped raise awareness around men’s health, while raising in excess of £180m for a number of charities.

Donations to the Wakefield College team can be made by visiting http://uk.movember.com/team/430093

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CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 27 November, 2012

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