Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler is never someone to shy away from a challenge and now he has challenged all Rugby League fans to get behind Movember to help shine the spotlight on men’s health.

Fittler stepped into the barber’s chair (courtesy of Blends and Brothers) at the NSWRL Centre of Excellence today (Friday 1 November), alongside other NSWRL staff members, as part of Shave Day to help raise funds and awareness for important men’s health issues including prostate and testicular cancer, and suicide.

True Blue Nathan Hindmarsh was also there to help lend a hand.

“I grew up in an era of Rugby League where men were tough and health was probably the furthest thing from their minds,” Fittler said.

“I’m glad things have changed for the better now but there’s still plenty of work we can do to raise awareness about issues which are important to men’s health.

“I’m not sure how well I’ll go at growing a moustache but I encourage all Rugby League fans to get behind us at the NSWRL and help raise money for a truly great cause.”

Movember originated in Melbourne, Australia, in 2003 when friends Travis Garone and Luke Slattery recruited 30 friends to grow moustaches to raise funds for men’s health and prostate cancer. It has now become a global charity which has raised $1.04 billion for men’s health.

The Movember Foundation reports men’s health is in crisis with prostate cancer the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian men, testicular cancer is the second most common cancer affecting men aged 18-39 while three out of four suicides in Australia are men.

Movember encourages both Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to get involved by either:

- Growing a mo
- Moving 60km during the month for men’s health

- Hosting an event for Movember.

Those who elect to grow a moustache participate in Shave Day on 1 November where they kick off the month with a clean shave and grow and groom a moustache for the remainder of the month (beards, goatees and fake moustaches are not accepted).

To donate to the NSWRL Movember page click here

To find out more about Movember click here