Friendly Macho Moustache Men Gerard Sorbello, Mike McAulay, Stuart Bonnett, Conor Ferguson, Michael Ewing, Clint Walker, Shane Beck and Ruban Wharerau at the Move It Challenge health and fitness check.
Friendly Macho Moustache Men Gerard Sorbello, Mike McAulay, Stuart Bonnett, Conor Ferguson, Michael Ewing, Clint Walker, Shane Beck and Ruban Wharerau at the Move It Challenge health and fitness check.

Friendly competition as hospital blokes go hairy for a cause

IT IS the month that pits man against man, and where competition is fueled by testosterone - it is Movember.

After a successful fundraising campaign last year, the Friendly Macho Moustache Men have banded together again, hoping to raise awareness and some much needed funds for men's health.

About 17 staff from the Friendlies have signed up to take the challenge, however after a large number of complaints from partners and a few startled patients last year, most staff have opted to join the Movember Move it challenge.

Friendly Society Private Hospital CEO Alan Cooper said making light of the event and its participants was a good way to get men involved.

"It is a fun cause to get behind, but it is for a very serious reason," Mr Cooper said.

"Men's health issues don't get as much attention as women's health issues, but they are just as serious."

"Events like Movember help bring awareness of Men's health, such as prostate and testicular cancers and mental health issues, to the forefront of mind.

"It is also a good opportunity to remind men that they aren't invincible and they do need to look after their own health as well."

With more than a dozen staff members opting for the "move it" challenge, Friendly Physiotherapy Service and Friendly Society Pharmacy got together to host a Move It Challenge, testing blood sugar, blood pressure, weight and resting pulse rate as well as doing a basic fitness test of sit ups, wall sits, grip test and push ups.

The challenge will be repeated at the end of the month, with competition expected to be fierce for who will be the most improved and who will top the fitness leaderboard.

Show your support for the Friendlies Movember team by visiting au.movember.com and search for Friendly Macho Moustache Men.