Movember sacrifice

THERE'S 'mo' denying that the Wingham Abattoirs are a little male dominated. 

As the Manning Valley's largest employer, and a workforce that is at least 95 per cent male, Wingham Beef Exports is fertile ground for male camaraderie. 

This Movember a "few of the blokes" decided it would be a bit of a giggle to grow a mo all in the name of charity. Word soon spread, as did the peer pressure and more than 40 ab workers made the decision to resist the razor for an entire month. 

For these meat workers this not only meant having itchy chins but it meant weeks of having to wear a beard net at work.

By the time you read this most of the moes will be gone, the end not coming soon enough for many of them. 

"They are dying to shave," said Alison Essery of Wingham Beef Exports in the lead up to last weekends shave off. "They will definitely be clean shaven Monday morning."

This is the first year that the plant workers have taken part in Movember and their month of discomfort has raised more than $2000 for good causes. 

Taking time out of their lunch breaks to be photographed, the jokes were flying thick and fast and it was even suggested that some had used boot polish. 

They are a competitive bunch and credit where it is due - some of the moes were impressive. Some however, if we're being honest, were a little lacking. 

Brad Staff who was one of the first to organise the event, found that a month was just not long enough for any decent growth. 

Can we blame the drought?

Possibly but Brad has copped enough from the blokes and so we won't push the point here. Those that had little growth problems seemed to favour the handlebar whiskers of former Australian cricketer Merv Hughes.

 Wives and girlfriends, we have heard were equally keen for the mo to go.

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