MOVEMBER pro-stache grower Shaun Siddons is all set to jump out of a plane in a mankini as part of this year’s fundraising goal.
Mr Siddons, from Madora Bay, has banked more than $15,000 since he started raising money for Movember.
“I became involved initially because I can grow a moustache relatively easily, so it seemed like something I could get involved in,” he said.
“But, I really started raising money for it about eight years ago when I realised that I could make a difference as well as growing the mo.”
Mr Siddons said Movember was important as some men tend not to take their health seriously.
“But I’m also a firm believer in assisting men, young and old, in being able to talk about their own lives and issues,” he said.
“Beyondblue is a charity that Movember supports and I often think about the way my own dad is, and how it’s still not socially acceptable for men to discuss their issues.
“I don’t want them to feel trapped, so I will keep raising money every November to support the cause.”
Mr Siddons said growing a moustache was easy and he could do it in his sleep.
“Shaving around it can be frustrating, depending on the style,” he said.
“A lot of my friends know how quickly I can grow it and have commented in the past.”
There have been a few personal issues that have developed because of his facial hair though.
“My niece was born late November last year and my sister-in-law had a realisation that any birthday family photos for my niece’s birthday will have whatever creation I’m growing on my face at the time,” he said.
“So she’s not too impressed and I dare say she’ll be happy to see it go.”
Mr Siddons has reached the last few years’ fundraising goals of $3000 by promising to complete outrageous tasks.
“Back in 2009, I told my colleagues, friends and family that if I raised $3000, I’d get a body wax,” he said.
“I got the goal and went through with the challenge.
“Last year I decided to go the body wax again, with $3000 as the goal. I reached that goal and got waxed again.”
This year, Mr Siddons decided to do something different.
“So, I put the word out on social media that I’d skydive in a mankini if I reached $3000 again,” he said.
“It wasn’t looking too likely towards the last week (I had about $1200 to go) but I campaigned hard and got the goal again.”
Mr Siddons should complete the jump in January.
BREAKOUT QUOTE: “I’ve already been in contact with the company and they have no issue with me skydiving in a mankini,” he said.
“I think the guy that has to tandem jump with me may have a few reservations though.
“The reason I set these silly challenges is because it encourages people to donate.
“I’ve been able to raise $1000 usually every year, but the challenges have seen me reach $3000 plus each year, so I’m hoping to continue the trend if I can continue the creativity.”