Reds ‘mo’ing it up for men’s health

Ten of Adelaide United’s stars have committed to ‘mo’ it up for a month in support of the annual charity initiative Movember.

Ten of Adelaide United-s stars have committed to ‘mo- it up for a month in support of the annual charity initiative Movember.

Jake Barker-Daish, Nigel Boogaard, Marcelo Carrusca, Fabio Ferreira, Antony Golec, Evan Kostopoulos, Jeronimo Neumann, Iain Ramsay, Dario Vidosic and Cameron Watson will all give their best attempt at growing and grooming a moustache during November in an effort to raise awareness and funds for men-s health issues.

To take part in Movember, as a general rule no beards or goatees are allowed, the whole idea being about fashioning a moustache.

For Watson, he has witnessed men he knows who have struggled to open up and do something about issues with their health, which has made him even more aware of just how vital the cause is.

“I know some people who have gone through some mental health issues, family and non family related, so this is all about raising awareness,” Watson said.

“A number of the boys have hopped on board and it-s a bit of fun as well because Movember is about putting people out of their comfort zone.”

“The main objective is to raise as much money as we can and try and get that awareness out there. Males can be a bit stubborn at times and not ask for help, so it-s about raising awareness of that as well.”

With Watson and a host of his team mates willing to try and grow a mo, he is confident of having something substantial to show off above his top lip come the end of the month, although he carries some uncertainty about how some of the others will go in the moustache growing stakes.

“I think by the end of the month I should be able to - 30 days should be enough time,” Watson said.

“It should be interesting to see who goes well and who struggles. I reckon Boogaard might struggle…he tried last year and he-s got quite light hair so I think you might struggle to see that, but I think Fabio will have a great one, he-s got that dark European look so I think he-s going to have a very rude moustache.”

“It should all be a bit of fun.”

Movember aims to spark conversation and help men change attitudes and behaviour towards their health. For most, a moustache is by no means the most appealing (or easy to grow) accessory but when worn with pride, it can be a great catalyst for change. Movember is also about countering the social stigma that it is not ‘manly- to talk about or manage your physical and mental health.

By the end of November there-s a strong chance half of the Reds- squad will look more like a band of cowboys than professional footballers.

You can support the players in their month long attempt to ‘grow a mo- by making a donation to what is an extremely worthy cause.

Each week we will follow the guys- progress and bring you the latest images of how their mo-s are coming along, so keep checking www.adelaideunited.com.au as well as the club-s Facebook page and official Twitter account for updates.

For more information on Movember, visit www.movember.com.