Founders brewery gets behind Movember

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The hairiest month of the year is almost upon us, and Nelsonians can expect to see some fine moustaches about town for this year’s Movember.

Nelson businesses Founders Brewery and Stormy’s Man Cave Barber Shop are teaming up for the global campaign that raises funds and awareness for men’s health, and are holding a Magnum P.I-themed ‘mo party’ at the end of the month.

Shawn Stormann from Stormy’s says this is the fourth year he’s been involved in the campaign and thought he’d approach Founders this year, who have also been involved in Movember in the past, to see if they wanted to run a joint event.

Shawn, along with other barbers from Stormy’s, will be judging the best mo’s on the night, with categories ranging from ‘best ginger-stache’ to ‘most manly.’ There will also be a grand prize winner for the best ‘Tom Selleck’ mo.

Shawn says his involvement with Movember came about through his work as a barber. “The barbers shop is one of the places guys really open up about their health issues,” he says. “I think Kiwi guys tend to have a ‘she’ll be right attitude’ when it comes to their health and Movember is a great thing to do, with an important message.”

Callum and Matt Duncan from Founders Brewery have brewed a special beer to sell throughout November, called ‘magnum pa,’ and one dollar from every pint of it they sell will go to the Movember fund.

“We’ll have live music from the Immigrants – who will transform into the ImMOgrants for the night – and Bat Hawk, food carts, heaps of great prizes from local businesses, and a lucky photo booth to help document the fun,” says Callum. “We want to create a really positive party atmosphere.”

Stormy says if anyone wants to get involved in growing a mo, they can register on the Movember website to get donations, or just keep it relaxed and come down and support the event at Founders. “We’re encouraging all guys to get involved, and also the ladies to support them.”

Founders Mo Party will be held on Sunday November 29 from 4:30 – 8:30pm. There will be a $5 donation to get in which will go to the Nelson Tasman Hospice.