Hairy lips celebrated

IT'S that time of year again when Dubbo residents show off what many might call 'filthy' or a 'dirty mo.'

The month of November has seen several men don a hairy upper lip to raise money for prostate cancer and men's depression.

The fundraiser known as 'Movember' saw men do their best to grow many kinds of moustaches, including such favourites as the handlebar, Mexican and the natural, despite friendly criticism from friends and family on how it may look.

This Thursday will see a dedicated band of TAFE Western students hold the first annual 'Mo Fest' for the entire Dubbo community at Victoria Park.

Miriam Semenya, a Certificate IV student in community services, said the students had a plan to get all Movember participants together for one special event.

"We want to get eveyone together as there are quite a few businesses who have supported Movember," she said.

Local businesses like Bunnings Warehouse and Blackwoods have boarded the Movember bandwagon, many of them for personal reasons.

Mo Fest will have 12 community service stalls including Lifeline, Centacare, Burnside and more.

There will be a kids tent and a barbecue organised by the PCYC, and also a tai chi demonstration.

The highlight of the afternoon will be a mo modelling competition, one that requires community participation as it is open to absolutely anybody.

"The modelling competition has three categories - Mo Bros, Mo Sis and Mo Kids," Ms Semenya said.

"The person with the best mo from each category will each win a prize, but there will be more giveaways on the day as well as raffles.

"Men can win a spanner set valued at $260, women can win a hair voucher and kids can win a family pass to Taronga Western Plains Zoo."

Another important part of the event is the free men's health check, organised by a local doctor.

With the help of a number of nurses, men can check for stress levels and diabetes.

"It'll be a free overall evaluation so men can feel more open about their health and encourage them to do something about it," Ms Semenya said.

Dubbo's Mo Fest will kick off at 4pm and run until 7pm on Thursday.

anthony.cini@ruralpress.com

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