Kempsey men are growing out their top lips this November, and it's not just because they think moustaches look cool.
Movember is an annual event based around growing a moustache during the month of November to raise awareness for men's health issues, such as mental health, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
Kempsey High School and Kempsey Police Station staff are championing the movement this year with employees from both organisations getting hairy for a good cause.
"It's an acknowledgement of something that Australian males haven't wanted to have a conversation about for a very long time," principal Simon McKinney said.
"Anyway you can acknowledge issues that affect males greatly, and then because of that families and other partners, is a great thing to do."
Mr McKinney said it might take him the whole month to grow a mo', but he's happy to have a crack.
"It's a good way of having an interaction with staff and it's for a great cause," Mr McKinney said.
Inspector Martin Burke from Kempsey police station said they have picked up the Movember movement in two ways.
"First there are those who are growing moustaches and the other part is those who are doing fitness challenges," Insp Burke said.
Male and female officers are taking part in the $1000/1000km challenge, and are up against other emergency service members in the state.
They have already hit the fitness target, and due to great support from the locals, are over the donation target. But they aren't stopping there.
"I suppose it becomes a little bit competitive - I think we are currently fourth in the NSW Police who are doing the Movember fundraising challenge," Insp Burke said.
"The big thing for us is to try and win that and let's try and boost the NSW Police to the top of the pile in terms of those other emergency services."
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"If people want to jump on the Movember website and have a look on there, it's a bit fun and interactive, and lighter than the serious nature of what we do day to day, whilst still raising awareness for a good cause," Insp Burke said.
All of the money raised for Movember will go towards health projects and game-changing solutions to address the men's health crisis.
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