SHOT stopper Scott Shearer won’t be living up to his surname this month – at least as far as his top lip is concerned.
The Wrexham goalkeeper is growing a “Mo” – slang for moustache – to help raise funds – and awareness of – a prostate cancer charity.
The “Mo” and November come together each year as “Movember”, with men challenged to change their appearance by growing facial hair.
The rules are simple: to start on November 1 clean shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month.
The idea originated in Australia in 2003 and has grown ever since, expanding to countries including the UK, USA, Spain and South Africa.
Funds raised through the UK campaign will support the work of the The Prostate Cancer Charity (TPCC).
Speaking about his decision to join the band of “Mo Bros”, Scott said: “When I was at Wycombe, one of the sponsors dealt with prostate cancer and we went down and visited the hospital. We saw some of the patients.
“It is a very overlooked disease and everybody thinks they will never get it, but it happens to so many men.
“I just want to try and make people aware of it.”
In 2009, global participation of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas climbed to 255,755, with more than one million donors raising £26 million.
Scott, normally seen sporting trademark designer stubble’, said: “You join the website and register. That provides you with a link and people can donate money through that.
“I’ve raised a fair bit so far. My friends and family have donated but I am going to get the boys to give something, especially the gaffer (Dean Saunders).”
The 29-year-old Scot admitted he had a head start in terms of Mo growing – but is willing to feel the wrath of his partner to help support a worthy cause.
He joked: “This is fresh this morning! I had a beard before this and have kept it on.
“Nothing is getting touched now until the end of November so it will be quite funny.
“My girlfriend isn’t happy with it, but she will have to deal with it.”
So does Scott have any styles in mind?
“I have a month, so I have a bit of time to play with it and coach it. We will see where it goes.”
- Staff at Eco-Readymix in Ruabon are also joining in the fun.
All the male staff are banishing their razors for the next month and going for the natural look.
Employee Georgi Billington joked: “They are not too hairy yet, but they are starting to look a bit rough already and they are only two days in.”
If you would like to sponsor the boys go to www.movember.com
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