Rugby players urge people to put down their razors and do the Mo!

Players from Kirkcaldy RFC taking part in the Movember campaign.
Players from Kirkcaldy RFC taking part in the Movember campaign.

With November upon us it’s the time of year when various men will begin to grow facial hair in a dazzling array of styles and Kirkcaldy Rugby Club is joining in.

Movember is the charity event which asks men to grow a moustache to raise money to support men’s health programmes that combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health issues.

And players from the club are putting their razors to one side during the month, spurred on by player Mark Graham.

Mark has been taking part in Movember for five years and has raised an impressive amount of money.

He said: “I personally started doing Movember in 2008 as a bit of fun and never actually raised anything, but every year since I have been getting more involved and have been trying to come up with new ways of making as much as possible.”

The movement began in Australia in 2003 and has become a global phenomenon with an estimated three million ‘Mo Bros’ and ‘Mo Sistas’ taking part each year, and in 2012 they raised an incredible £92m.

In 2009, Mark managed to ‘convince’ a few of his colleagues to join him in growing the ‘Mo’ and in total has raised £1679 with the team taking part occasionally and raising £1034.

Last year Mark’s friend and team-mate winger Andrew Davies decided to grow a Mo, with spectacular results!

Mark said: “We attended the Movember closing party in Edinburgh.

“They have an awards ceremony and I was nominated for ‘Ultimate Mo’ while Andrew was nominated for ‘Best Mo in Character’ - he was dressed as Freddie Mercury!

“He won ‘Best Mo in Character’ and then beat fierce competition to win ‘Man of Movember’ for Edinburgh!

“We had a great night and met so many wonderful people. It’s a great charity.”

“This year we are again taking part and will be trying to outdo one another.

“I hopefully have managed to cajole several of the rugby guys into doing it also.”