MORE than $11,000 was raised in the Whitsundays over the month of November in support of the international Movember campaign.
Much to the disgust of the region's wives and girlfriends, men and some women in the region, rallied behind the worthy cause to raise much-needed funds for research into men's health issues, primarily prostate cancer and depression.
Whether it was the staff at the Reef Gateway Hotel, the Proserpine or Whitsunday Police Station or your average Joe Blow, the entire Whitsunday region showed their support.
Movember spokesperson Josh Gardiner said the Whitsundays should be proud of their contribution to the Movember International fund.
“In the smaller areas [such as Airlie Beach] there's a sense of ownership and that's a reflection when they raise a huge amount of money,” he said.
“We applaud that.
“It makes a huge difference and we couldn't just rely on the people in the major cities.
“Every dollar counts, no matter where it is raised.”
Matty Sammut was one who supported Movember by growing a mo for a month and said he was happy to do it for such a worthy cause.
“I feel really good for the great male community,” he said.
“I'm really proud for growing it for the whole month.”
The Whitsunday Times showed its support for Movember with mo bros James Tolmie, Sam Beattie and Zac Bailey generating more than $550 for their Mo's.
For those who still wish to donate to the Whitsunday Times team, it's not too late. Simply visit www.au.movember.com/mospace/664400.
Money raised in Whitsundays
Hamilton Island: $6178
Surrounding areas: $1264
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