Movember puts challenge out to miners

IT’S that time of the year again, when facial fuzz is encouraged in the name of men’s health.

Staff Reporter

Movember is calling on Australia’s mining industry to grow moustaches to support the cause as part of the Movember Mining Challenge.

The charity is hoping “mo bros” and “mo sistas” at mine sites around Australia join the cause this month.

Last year, 1934 miners raised almost $A670,000.

Mental health challenges, such as depression, are closely linked to the mining industry with many workers considered “high-risk” due to fly-in, fly-out, long working hours, isolation, high stress and lack of community services.

Senior leaders at Rio Tinto, as well as employees of BHP Billiton, Chevron and Fortescue Metals Group, will support the Movember Mining Challenge by growing moustaches.

“Movember is a fun and positive initiative companies can use to engage staff across the business,” Movember business engagement manager Tom Betts said.

“We know the ‘mo is a great conversation starter and can be a great catalyst for change in the workplace.

“A month of camaraderie and a little healthy ‘mo-growing competition can certainly have a positive impact on morale.”

For more information, or to sign up, head to