A HANDFUL of men in Buderim are bravely volunteering to sacrifice their popularity with their wives this month, all in the name of breaking taboos surrounding men's health.
Seven of Buderim Mountain State School's male teachers, ranging in fields from physical education to humanities, have put away their razors for the Movember campaign, which seeks to raise money and awareness about issues such as prostate cancer and depression in men.
The school's campaign coordinator, Brooke Starr-Thomas said these were problems which likely touched everybody at some point in their lives.
"Everybody would know someone who's gone through something,” he said.
"It's just not talked about enough, and I don't mind embarrassing myself for a month to get people talking.”
Guidance officer Tony Sinclair said it was cultural barriers and perceptions, especially in relation to Australian men, which made blokes reluctant to talk about health problems bothering them.
Mr Starr-Thomas said he believed opening conversations like these were more important than any money raised.
"In the past, we've found we haven't raised an enormous amount of money, but the interest and discussions you generate are good.”
That said, the school plans to have a gold coin donation day on November 25 for the moustachioed teachers to raise some funds for men's health services.
Their current fundraising goal is $500, with roughly $230 already raised.
For more information or to donate, visit au.movember.com and search 'Brooke Starr-Thomas'.
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