TO raise awareness for men’s health issues, Romsey Thrifty Link Hardware Store’s Peter Waldhauser shaved his moustache in support of ‘Movember’.
‘Movember’ is an annual event each November to raise awareness and money for men’s health issues including prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s suicide.
Participants aim to grow a moustache beginning in November to show support and raise money throughout the month to donate to Movember online.
The quest to rid Mr Waldhauser of his moustache started when harware owner Nick Waldhauser asked him how much it would take for him to shave his moustache.
“He’s never seen me without it and it’s been there for 30 years,” he said.
“My nickname is Chopper, because I had a chopper mo. We decided it had to be worthwhile, so we set the goal for $5000.”
Mr Waldhauser said he was overwhelmed with the support from the community.
“I thought I was safe and then it got towards the end of the month and I started getting worried,” he laughed.
“Everything raised in store went straight to Movember, we had customers, advertising on Facebook and texts going out to all our customers as well.
“Everybody got on board, all our customers, our trade customer, it was awesome and I was overwhelmed.”
The hardware store managed to pull together close to $7,500 for the cause.
Mr Waldhauser said it was a worthy cause.
“I’ve lost a few friends to suicide, some dear friends,” he said.
“This money may go towards stopping someone else from losing a friend they may never see again.
“I urge everyone to get involved, it’s such a worthy cause. I know money is tight, but everyone should just give what they can.”
To get involved or donate money, visit au.movember.com/get-involved/moustaches.