Qantas goes Movember with Wallabies Rugby Union team...
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The Qantas Wallabies officially launched their 2012 Movember campaign today in Sydney unveiling a Qantas Boeing 737-800 aircraft sporting a giant moustache.
Qantas Wallabies, Pat McCabe, Dave Dennis, Michael Hooper and Stephen Moore attended the unveiling at the Qantas airbase in Sydney.
The Qantas jet will fly around the country for the month of November raising awareness of prostate cancer and men’s mental health as part of the Movember campaign, supporting the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and Beyond Blue.
Movember has traditionally been a feature of Qantas Wallabies Spring Tours, with the players competing internally to see who can grow the best moustaches.
The Moustache growing challenge will also help to raise funds and awareness – both in Australia and on their travels – for prostate cancer and men’s mental health.
Nearly half of the Qantas Wallabies Spring Tour Squad have signed up to Movember 2012 and will join thousands of men around the country, and the world, seeking out sponsorship for their Mo growing efforts during November.
The Qantas Wallabies assemble in Sydney today before departing on Saturday for a challenging four-Test Tour which includes Tests in Paris (France), London (England), Florence (Italy) and Cardiff (Wales).
Fans will be able to track the progress of their favourite Qantas Wallabies stars moustaches as they grow and groom them throughout the 2012 Spring Tour.
Qantas Wallabies centre, Pat McCabe, said he was happy to jump on board again and grow a moustache for the campaign.
“It’s a great thing to get the guys involved and to help raise money and awareness for prostate cancer and men’s mental health,” McCabe said.
“It may not be the prettiest feature, especially on some of the guys in the team, but it’s a fun thing to do for a good cause.
“We are very lucky to be in the position we are in and if we can help raise awareness for serious issues such as men’s prostate cancer and mental health by not shaving our top lips for a few weeks then we are very happy to.
“The competition amongst the group for who has the better mo is always amusing and we as a team are certainly glad to be a part of Movember.”
Qantas Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper, who will be experiencing his maiden Spring Tour, said he was looking forward to starting the moustache growing competition.
“All of the guys are excited about Movember and it’s good to see so many of them growing a mo or at least raising some money for it.
“For anyone out there who is considering getting involved I’d encourage them to do so, it’s a bit of fun for a great cause.”
Movember Chief Operating Officer, Jason Hincks, thanked Qantas and the Wallabies for their support in 2012.
“Our vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men's health and achievement of this is dependent upon us continuing to raise awareness and funds,” Mr Hincks said.
“Support from iconic Australian institutions like Qantas and the Wallabies go a long way towards helping us achieve our goals by providing the campaign an important awareness boost.
“We're hugely grateful to have them on board in 2012, a particularly important year for us, as we're marking 10 years in the moustache business.”
If you want to support your favourite Qantas Wallabies moustache growing attempt then visit http://au.movember.com/team/624021
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