BLOKE'S STUFF: Kirk Pengilly supports men's health by losing the Mo.
BLOKE'S STUFF: Kirk Pengilly supports men's health by losing the Mo.

Kirk uses his brush with death to spread the word

IT'S that time of year when moustaches sprout on the upper lips of men all over the country as they participate in Movember and help raise funds to assist men's health.

Who knew when two mates - Travis Garone and Luke Slattery - met for a quiet beer in Melbourne in 2003 that a global movement called Movember would be born.

The guys felt that the moustache had almost disappeared from fashion trends and wondered if they could bring it back.

They went about searching for blokes willing to take up the "bring the moustache" back challenge, found 30 participants, and now the Movember Foundation is one of the top 500 NGOs in the world, helping to raise millions towards men's health projects and, perhaps more importantly, raise awareness of men's health issues.

The Movember Foundation works to bring awareness to the forefront about prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health issues and suicide prevention.

One of the founding members of INXS (in 1977) and perhaps the most recognisable member, Kirk Pengilly did not hesitate to jump on board when he was approached by the Movember Foundation.

"With my recent bout of prostate cancer I was approached by Movember to be one of their key ambassadors," he said.

"Movember is about mental health, basically bloke stuff. It's a great organisation.

"One of the great things they do is to get men to talk about issues with each other, their partners or their mums. Most men find it a weakness.

"My prostate cancer was one of the reasons they picked me up. My story ended up being front page (news) because I talked about it openly.

"It's a great feeling to know someone will have a (prostate) check-up because of me."

For more about Movember, visit movember.com


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