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Movember Creates A Frothy Itch

Councillor, Jeff Baines led the way in November among a small group of Cassowary Coast Regional Council staff members who grew moustaches during November to raise funds and awareness of men’s health issues including prostrate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s suicide.

“I am a member of a services club, the Freemasons, and I have been affected by several members who have suffered from prostrate cancer. I wanted to know how I could help and Movember was the perfect program to become involved with” Cr Baines said.

After discussing the idea with his partner, Baines embarked on his moustache growing project. He said it made a difference to his lifestyle and not always in a positive way.

“This was the first time I had ever grown a moustache and I found that wearing it did pose a few challenges. It can get quite itchy. It holds water and catches food so I had to be very conscious of my hygiene.  I also found it to be quite a distraction,” he added.

Given his high profile role in the greater Innisfail community, Baines also had to pay special attention to the grooming of his newly formed facial hair and found a small comb was the most convenient way to keep it in check.

“I also sought advice from our CEO, James Gott and had great support from those around me to ensure I resisted the temptation to shave it off before the due date.”

Baines and other CCRC staff who participated in the Movember initiative shaved their moustaches off on December 1.

“I won’t miss the foam from my cappuccino catching on it. I tried to grow a Tom Selleck style mo and ended up more with a Ron Burgundy from the film Anchorman,” he joked.