Leeds Carnegie rugby stars proved really smooth operators as they prepared to support one of the country’s most eye-catching charity appeals.
A host of Carnegie players and staff will be proudly growing moustaches this month as part of 2013’s Movember event.
It encourages blokes across the UK to raise sponsorship for male health causes by cultivating facial fuzz throughout November.
And, to get their efforts over the next month started on a level playing field, four of the Leeds lads taking part headed down to the city centre’s Basement 68 hair salon for a revitalising shave.
James Currie, Ben Hooper, Scott Freer and Joe Graham were the quartet gearing up for a challenge that the club has backed for each of the last four years.
Leeds coach Jon Pendlebury said today: “This is a fantastic cause and one we are proud to be supporting.”
He added: “The response amongst the players and staff has been great and we are hoping to have the biggest team yet taking part.”
The Leeds players are planning to show off their near-complete moustaches to the crowd at their game against Jersey on Sunday, November 24, at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.
A prize will also be handed out at the match to the fan judged to have grown the best ’tache.
Around 360,000 Brits participated in last year’s Movember campaign, raising more than £25m in the process. Cash generated by the event helps finance vital programmes that are run by Prostate Cancer UK and the Institute of Cancer Research.
“In the UK, one in eight men will get prostate cancer at some stage in their lives and the Movember organisation has helped raise awareness of this and push for men to get the necessary checks,” said Pendlebury.
Movember started out in relatively-unremarkable fashion in 2003 as a stunt by 30 friends in Australia, where ‘mo’ is a popular slang term for a moustache.
For further information on ways to get involved in this year’s fundraising action, visit the www.movember.com website.
* The Yorkshire Evening Post wants to see the very best Movember moustaches that you can offer.
Photographs of wild and wacky facial hair that has sprouted forth over the course of this month can be e-mailed to: yep.newsdesk.co.uk or tweeted to us @leedsnews