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As the month of the Mo grows closer, Kiwi men are making last minute preparations to get a clean shave for November 1st, prepping for not just one – but two special occasions.

Richie McCaw's 2014 Movember EffortsOn November 1st all eyes will be on our men in black in the United Kingdom, but back on local ground, New Zealand men will be preparing for a battle of a different kind.

“It is extremely exciting to be celebrating 10 years of Mo growing in New Zealand this year. We would love for 2015 to be our best year yet so we can continue to support men in this country,” says Robert Dunne, New Zealand Country Manager for the Movember Foundation.

 Movember is the opportunity for people all around the globe to commit to making a difference for men to live happier, healthier and longer lives.

This year, 5000 Kiwis have already signed up at, many taking on a workplace challenge, or taking part independently. Kiwi men call on friends and family to make a donation at their personal fundraising profile on the Movember website.

This November marks the 10th anniversary of Movember in New Zealand, with more than 100,000 moustaches grown since the campaign’s local launch in 2006.

Fresh after his efforts in the UK, All Black Brodie Retallick, will attempt to be one of New Zealand’s tallest Mos. The 2.04m tall lock has committed to growing his Mo, following in the footsteps of other famous rugby Mo Bros who have gone before him, including All Blacks captain and long time Mo Bro Richie McCaw.

“Our national rugby team has inspired some Kiwis to grow Mos over the years, raising awareness for a worthy cause in the process, and we’re grateful for their endorsement,” says Dunne.

Every bit of support helps in the crusade to stop men from suffering in silence and often dying too young – on average six years earlier than women. “Men are often reluctant to talk about the impact of significant life events and seek help if they don’t feel well. Movember opens up those conversations and aims to encourage men to be more vocal about their wellbeing,” continues Dunne.

Participation can also be in the form of the charity’s MOVE challenge, which encourages men and women to do 30 MOVEs in 30 days. Kiwi Mo Bros and Mo Sistas can take on this challenge together.

Whether it’s a workout one day, a game of ping pong the next, a walk to the shops instead of a drive or a month long bike ride, supporters find new ways to MOVE to support a healthy lifestyle. For Mo Sistas, MOVE is a way to do something tangible in the name of men’s health.

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