Volts playing part in Movember campaign

Otago fast bowler Michael Rae has joined the Volts in growing a moustache during the one-day...
Otago fast bowler Michael Rae has joined the Volts in growing a moustache during the one-day campaign to help raise awareness of mental health issues.PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
A stiff upper lip will probably do more harm than good for one's mental health.

But a hairy upper lip, well, that might actually help the healing process.

Sporting teams in the South are doing their bit to help raise awareness of both men's and mental health issues.

The Otago Volts cricket team are growing moustaches to help raise money for the Mental Health Foundation while the Southern United men's team is raising funds for men's health as part of the Movember cause.

The Otago cricket team is hoping the humble moustaches they are growing during the one-day campaign will help raise awareness of mental health issues.

Fast bowler Michael Rae said the team wanted to do something positive for the community and latched on to the moustache.

"The lads decided to grow moustaches during the one-day campaign,'' Rae said.

"So then we decided we could try and use it to try and raise money for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

"We picked that charity because mental health is important to everyone. But in cricket and sport, with the stresses of performance, injury or being dropped, that can actually weigh a lot on guys and affect their performance.''

The fundraising campaign has been dubbed "Mo-dayers'' and Rae said people could give through a Givealittle page.

The team has set a loose goal of trying to raise $3000 during the five weeks of the tournament.

"For the most part there has been a pretty good buy-in from the guys.

"But we've adopted a team policy where you can donate a certain amount and opt out if there is some pressure at home from wives and girlfriends.''

Southern United also had players fundraising for the Movember cause and have so far raised $1770, not far short of the $2000 goal.

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