Aussie Mo’s flying high this moustache season

Sydney | Published on 11th November 2014 at 11:08

Some of Australia’s best batsmen and bowlers are letting their upper lips do the talking this month as they grow and groom their way to moustache glory to raise funds and awareness for men’s health this Movember.

As Australia’s summer of cricket draws closer, coach Darren Lehmann along with players David Warner, Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch, and their Mo’s, landed in Perth today alongside Qantas’ hairy new addition – a Boeing 737 that has also sprouted a Mo for the month.

Proud supporters of Movember, Cricket Australia and Qantas teamed up to unveil the plane that has taken Movember’s message to the sky, encouraging passengers and crew, both on the ground and in the air, to start conversations and raise funds for men’s health.

Jeremy Macvean, Movember’s Asia Pacific Director, said the support of partners such as Cricket Australia and Qantas helps Movember to reach new heights and make a significant difference to the state of men’s health.

“Over the past seven years, Cricket Australia’s community action program – Cricket Cares – has raised $550,000 for men’s health and Qantas have helped spread the word to millions of passengers throughout Australia,” said Jeremy.

“Since Movember started in Australia in 2003, we’ve been able to fund more than 800 programs worldwide, but there’s still a long way to go and more work to be done to change the face of men’s health,” he added.

Darren Lehmann, Australian Cricket Team Head Coach, said he hopes the fans can get behind cricket’s Mo Bros as they did last summer.

“The Mo is such a huge part of the Aussie cricket tradition so I’m honoured to help see it continue especially while supporting such an important cause,” said Darren. “I hope the fans can get behind us this Movember by donating to raise funds for men’s health

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the national carrier was a big supporter of raising awareness for men’s physical and mental health.

“Qantas has proudly supported Movember since 2011 and we are delighted this year to fly our B737 with the Mo around the country to help promote the health awareness message to our travellers,” said Mr Joyce.

Joining Lehmann, Warner, Maxwell and Finch as Mo Bro Ambassadors are fast bowlers Mitchell Johnson – whose Mo helped the Aussies reclaim the Ashes last year – and Mitchell Starc, supported by Mo Sistas Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy and coach Cathyrn Fitzpatrick.

Movember is the leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men’s health. We challenge men to grow and everyone to support moustaches during Movember to spark conversations and raise funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health.

Since 2003, more than four million Mo’s have sprouted on the upper lips of men around the world, raising $580 million to fund programs in the areas of prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.

Sign up, grow and donate at Movember.com (opens in new window)