Aussie’s executive chairman, John Symond, has been getting a lot of funny looks of late. They’ve ranged, he says, from “Shock! Horror!” to more subtle, bemused, eyebrow-raises.
Symond understands – he hates it too; can’t wait to whiz it off in a frenzied flurry of razor-shaved fluff, in fact. But, until Sunday morning at least, his (lucrative) moustache is here to stay. And it’s in good company.
For the past month, Aussie staff, jokingly dubbing themselves “Aussie John SyMO’s,” have been steadily building up a heady supply of furry lip warmers, all in the name of men’s health.
“We’ve raised something like $31,000, including me doubling up on the Aussie people who have donated. I’ve matched dollar for dollar.”
Actually, Symond is a bit behind on the stats. In total, there are 18,800 Movember fundraising teams in Australia, and the Aussie team is ranked number five. Its 44 members (including two Mo-sisters) have, as of today, raised a whopping $33,093.
The money they and other Movember teams throughout Australian have raised will go directly towards spreading the word on men’s health issues - specifically prostate cancer and male mental health.
Symond says he knows a number of men who are, or have been, effected by these issues and has been more than happy to forsake a bit of dignity in order to help out. In fact, he says, the facial comparisons have been a source of great personal amusement.
When asked if anyone else, aside from Australian Broker staff, felt that he resembled an extra from TV show The Sopranos, Symond laughs and says he’ pretty much heard it all.
“I’ve been compared to mobsters, porn stars, pimps – even Clark Gable! But at 12:01am on December 1, it’s coming off!”