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Scottish Farmers Say ‘Go For The Mo!’ in November

NFUS leads farming support for charity moustache campaign

Representatives of Scotland’s farming union will be leaving their shavers in the bathroom cupboard in November and sprouting facial hair in a bid to raise funds for The Prostate Cancer Charity.

Now in its seventh year, the Movember campaign challenges men to grow a moustache or ‘mo’ in support of male health charities. Supporters start the month of November clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month.

Members of ‘Team Mogriculture’ include President, Jim McLaren; Vice-President Allan Bowie, Milk Committee chairman Jimmy Mitchell and Communications Director Bob Carruth.

Captain of ‘Team Mogriculture’ and NFUS Chief Executive is James Withers, who said:

"It is estimated that 36,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in the UK.  This is a fun way of raising some funds for their fight and highlighting important issues for men’s health. 

"Presuming I manage to grow a moustache for Movember, I have no doubt that I'll look fairly ridiculous for a few weeks.  But if donating our faces to charity for a month helps raise some money, then sacrificing some dignity is a price we're willing to pay!  We would welcome any new team members to help share the mickey-taking and join the fund-raising effort.  And every pound of support we get will be very gratefully received."

The campaign has personal significance for team member Jimmy Mitchell, who is currently undergoing cancer treatment.  In vowing to grow his moustache, Jimmy said:

“It is often difficult for men in general, and farmers in particular, to talk about health issues because of worry or embarrassment.  Farmers too often leave difficult decisions related to their health until it is too late.  Hopefully by taking part in this worthy campaign, I can encourage fellow farmers to take their health a bit more seriously, for the sake of their families and their businesses.”

Notes to editors

  • Individual photographs of the Team Mogriculture members portraying how they are likely to look at the end of November are available.   Contact media@nfus.org.uk for details.
  • With the campaign barely started, Team Mogriculture has already raised more than £400.   If you would like to support Team Mogriculture’s moustache growing efforts and make a donation on line, go to    http://uk.movember.com/mospace/629320/
  • If you would like to send a donation, cheques made out to NFU Scotland and sent to Colin Gordon, NFU Scotland, Rural Centre, West Mains, Ingliston, EH28 8LT.  If you provide your name, address, postcode and confirm that you are a UK taxpayer, then it will ensure your donation qualifies for Gift Aid.
  • You can follow the progress of Team Mogriculture on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/pages/NFU-Scotland/129023127119672
  • You can follow the Team Mogriculture Captain, James Withers on Twitter at http://twitter.com/NFUStweets

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Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006

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News Article No.: 149/10


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