Council staff raise more than $8k for Movember

Bundaberg Regional Council's team of Mo Bro's and Mo Sisters who raised more than $8,000 for Movember.

Bundaberg Regional Council staff have put their best mo forward in an effort to raise much-needed funds for men's health this Movember.

Up to 43 staff from all sectors of Council featured in the cause, with mo brothers growing their facial hair and the mo sisters chipping in to help with fundraising efforts.

Team captain and HR team leader Tony Daniels said Council formed a Movember team as part of the Health and Wellbeing Committee.

He said he was thrilled with the commitment of staff and the tremendous fundraising goal achieved.

“We had a big team of 34 mo brothers and nine mo sisters but there were also other people fundraising that weren't on the official team,” he said.

“I'm really pleased to report that we have raised about $8190 and we are hoping that will increase over the weekend.

“We smashed the target and four times I changed our goal throughout the month because we kept raising more and more money.”

Best Mo went to Phil Boshoff who stands with Mayor Jack Dempsey and CEO Steve Johnston.

Tony said Movember was focused on men's health in four main areas including testicular cancer, prostate cancer, mental health and suicide awareness.

He said forming a Movember team had allowed staff to focus on their own health and take part in various healthy activities.

“Part of the fundraising focus is around movement and exercising,” he said.

“Our team had a goal of completing 600km of running and walking for the month and we blew that away as well with 900km completed.”

Tony said Movember also allowed staff to feel comfortable talking openly about health and wellbeing.

“One of the goals of Movember is that the discussions of men's health is on top of the list for people and they feel they are free to talk about it,” he said.

“Through our staff newsletter, team meetings and more, the topics of men's health have been raised which has been a great opportunity for staff to participate in good discussions.

“Let's face it, it's easy to talk to someone with a great mo!”

To find out more about Movember click here.