GROWING a moustache for the month of November is a great awareness raiser for men's cancer but Peter White's story is a little different.

After having a mo since he was a teenager the 77-year-old will change it around a little and shave off his hairy caterpillar for Movember.

Mr White said he thought there was no use shaving it off to grow again when he had always had one and thought he may be able to raise a little more for the cause doing it this way.

"I had to get people to donate to the cause which is very very good so thought I'd do it like this," Mr White said.

"I've been growing a moustache since 16 years of age.

"I did cut it off at one stage to get married and had it off for about a year.

Mr White said he had had cancer himself and thought it was important to raise money and awareness on the subject.

"I, myself, did have my prostate taken out at 30 and I had a kidney out in 2006 with cancer," Mr White said.

When asked if people would have a hard time recognising him, he said: "I think I'll have a hard time recognising myself.

"It's like getting a finger cut off - I know that is painful but this is mentally painful - I know a finger won't grow back but this is really mentally painful.

"I haven't seen my top lip for 55 years.


"My wife hasn't seen it either and she might say to grow it again."

So as the end of the month draws closer Mr White will be not only counting down the days until he says goodbye to his beloved pencil moustache but will be counting the dollars he was able to raise to support men's cancer and its research.

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From humble beginnings the Movember movement has grown to be a truly global one.

In 2003 two mates, Travis Garone and Luke Slattery, met up for a quiet beer in Melbourne when they decided to bring back the moustache and the idea that sparked Movember was born.

The moustache had all but disappeared from fashion trends. Could they bring it back? They found 30 guys willing to take up the challenge.

In 2006 The Movember Foundation receives official Australian charity status.

In 2014 The Movember Foundation was ranked 72nd out of the top 500 non-governmental organisations in the world.