Fourth year participating in campaign

Clare's Matt Garrard sporting his upper lip effort for this year's Movember campaign.
Clare's Matt Garrard sporting his upper lip effort for this year's Movember campaign.

It is not uncommon to see men sporting a bit more facial hair than usual during November.

Whether it be the handlebar, the Charlie Chaplin or the Chopper Read, moustaches of all shapes and thickness are seen on the upper lips of men across the country.

Clare’s Matt Garrard is just one of an estimated 325,000 participants from around the world throwing away the razor blade in support of men’s health this year.

This is the fourth year that Mr Garrard has participated in Movember, and he has decided to try out a new look this time around. He has opted for a Franz Josef style rather than the traditional mo.

Mr Garrard said that the Movember campaign was a good way to bring awareness to a touchy subject matter for most men.

“There's a lot of stigma around men's health so I think this is a great and fun way of getting involved, having a laugh and raising some money for a campaign that a lot of men may find hard to talk about,” he said.

“It's great to bring awareness to a hard topic and hopefully it allows more men to be able to speak out about their health.”

Asked if he was happy with his efforts this year, Mr Garrard was split.

“Yes and no,” he said.

“My mo has finally reached my beard but it's not as visible as I wanted it. The wife's not that impressed, but supports it because of it's cause. Most people have a good laugh.”

With only eight days left in November, the end of the campaign is quickly drawing closer.

Mr Garrard said that he wanted to keep growing his facial hair out beyond Movember, however it would come down to the approval of his other half, Imogen.

“I would love to keep it but it is Imogen's birthday at the end of November and she is not all that attracted too it.

“Although she has said she is getting used to it now so there is hope still.”

Movember first began in 2003 when two mates from Melbourne hatched the idea over a few quiet beers.

In the first year, 30 people participated in the campaign.

Since its humble beginnings, Movember has grown significantly, with more than 5.5 million participants since 2003 and more than 1000 men’s health projects funded.

Originally as Australian movement, the campaign has turned into a global phenomenon with men and women from 22 countries participating.