Greek Australian businessman Nick Halkitis is one of Australia’s top money raisers for ‘Movember’ – a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for research and treatment for Beyond Blue and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
Last year, Halkitis raised $18,500, ranking as the ninth highest money raiser in Australia and the fifth highest individual fundraiser out of 145,000 Australians taking part in the national event.
This year the Northern Territory local hopes to raise over $20,000to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancer initiatives in Australia.
Halkitis first did Movember in 2010 and every year since on Nov. 1 he starts to grow a moustache for the whole month,posting week-by-week images of his progress on the Movember website.
He told Neos Kosmos that unfortunately, women health issues seem to draw much more the attention of doctors given that men rarely speak of theirs. “The issue of men’s health – and not just cancer but mental health and depression – are very important and people need to realize it,” he said.
According to Halkitis, support from people in the Northern Territory has been widespread. Donations can be made by visiting www.movember.com.au and searching for Nick Halkitis.