Residents at Stockland’s Unity and Salford retirement villages in Adelaide’s south have been challenged to a “mo-off”, competing with Stockland staff to see who can grow the most impressive moustache to raise funds for Movember. Stockland will match the funds raised dollar for dollar.

The staff have extended the challenge to village residents, to help promote an open and honest discussion about men’s health and support the residents’ wellbeing.

According to the Movember Foundation, men die six years earlier than women, for reasons that are largely preventable and with a number of residents having lost village friends to men’s health-related illnesses it’s an initiative they are very passionate about.

Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide as well as promoting physical activity.

Started in 2004, by an unrelated group in Melbourne, Victoria who would later become the Movember Foundation, the charity is now in 21 countries and has funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world.

By 2030 Movember’s aim is to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25 %.

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