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November saw some strange sights at Carmel College in Darlington – a large number of men, both staff and VI Form students, sporting facial hair in aid of an international charity to raise awareness of men’s health issues, and funds for research into testicular and prostate cancer.

“Movember” (an amalgamation of “November” and “Moustache”) began some years ago in Australia, and has very quickly become a worldwide phenomenon. The Carmel “Mo-Bros” have gathered donations from many generous people, the majority were significant others paying in the hope of the moustache being removed quickly!

The team at Carmel was made up of over 120 members which included the “Mo-Sistas” – a team of female students and staff dedicated to giving support through further fundraising and generally not pointing and laughing at the strange hairy sights. They baked edible treats which they sold at the “Mo-cake” and “Munchtash” stall every Friday in Movember which proved a great success. A calendar has also been produced featuring staff and their moustaches representing all the departments in the College. The proceeds from the sale of this will also contribute to the Movember appeal.

At the end of the month the College held a grand shave off in the John Caden Hall in front of a packed audience. The highlight of this was the shaving of Mr Ryder, the College’s Site supervisor’s, famous 44 year old moustache, and special thanks must go to him for such a gesture!

To date the total raised by the Movember team at Carmel is over £3000 and money is still coming in.