A TEAM of Wigan sound engineers are nearing the end of their challenge to change the ‘face’ of charity fund-raising.
Five members of staff at K and M Acoustics, on Seven Stars Road, have been growing moustaches throughout the month of November as part of Movember, which raises money to research and treat men’s cancers.
The group, ranging from manager Keith Stockley to 18-year-old apprentice Josh Bamber have so far managed to reach their original target, raising around £250. However, they admit that it will be something of a relief to lose their new moustaches.
Audio installer Mike Winstanley, 42, said: “It’s a really good cause, and the awareness of Movember increasing across the month has been fantastic.
“At the start I felt like I was having to explain it constantly to people, but now it’s more odd if they don’t know what Movember is.
“All the guys have done really well with it, though as I expected Josh hasn’t really managed to grow a moustache, only being 18. We’ve all started to look a bit like Mario from the computer games.
“It’s horrible, though. I can’t wait to get rid of mine, it’s so itchy.
“I really don’t know why anyone on earth would have a moustache. I certainly can’t imagine having a moustache all the time.”
Throughout the challenge the intrepid band of “Mo Bros”, as Movember participants are known, have had to withstand relentless banter and comments from work colleagues and their families.
Mike said: “We went on a three-day seminar in the middle of the month, and it was just continuous mickey-taking the entire time.
“We got every possible comment, from jokes about the Village People and YMCA to references to the 118 brothers off the TV adverts.
“I think my two kids have just about got used to it and think it’s quite funny, though they don’t really understand yet what it’s about. My wife, Heather, thinks it’s horrible and I look daft. She can’t wait for the month to end.”
The idea for the challenge came from staff member Anthony Hart, who took part in Movember last year. Despite all the discomfort, they will definitely be looking to take part again in 2012.