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Movember Madness: A Set of Guidelines

As a general rule, the modern gentleman should be able to hold his own in a tough situation, should not be flashy or vulgar, should be well-informed and, most of all, should be happy to lend his dashingly well-groomed face to Movember.

Now in its seventh slightly itchy year, Movember is the month long charity event that raises funds and awareness for men’s health issues and proves that chivalry hasn’t gone out of fashion. Basically, you grow a Mo that puts Groucho Marx to shame and get every lovely lady or Mo-toting mate to sponsor your efforts. All funds raised are committed to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, beyondblue and the Movember Foundation. So, if you know (or are) a valiant, brave and selfless gentleman looking to grow a Mo, Movember registrations are now open at

To get into the somewhat bristly spirit of things we got our hands on a few Mo growing guidelines:

ONE: Each Mo Bro must begin with a clean-shaven face.

TWO: For the entire month of Movember each Mo Bro must grow and groom their very own moustache. (While it’s not compulsory we do recommend naming your nose-friend. Therodre or Archibald are personal favourites.)

THREE: There is no joining at the sideburns. That is called a beard.

FOUR: There is no joining at the bottom of the chin. That is called a goatee.

FIVE: Each Mo Bro must demonstrate behaviour like that of a true gentleman. (This involves but is not limited to opening car doors, mastering the pipe, cleaning out the gutters and battling brown bears.)

Check out the Movember website if you are yet to register or just get facebook friendly) to show your support. Alternatively, you can support the Side Street, Sydney family by sponsoring surfing competition Morning of the Mo’s two-time reigning champion, stylemaster Bobby Reynolds, or of course Lisa Zhu, our favourite Mo-Sista.

words: Liz Schaffer


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