City of Swan Mayor participates in Movember to raise awareness for men’s health

City of Swan mayor Charlie Zannino had his moustache shaved off for the first time in 46 years. Pictures: Joel Kelly
City of Swan mayor Charlie Zannino had his moustache shaved off for the first time in 46 years. Pictures: Joel Kelly

WHILE many men have retired their razors for Movember, City of Swan Mayor Charlie Zannino has bucked the trend in a bid to raise awareness for men's health.

The Mayor’s trademark moustache has been a permanent fixture on his upper lip for the past 46 years since he was 18 years old.

His wife Sally, who has never seen him without a moustache, has made a number of futile attempts over the years to convince him to shave off the mo.

However, when Mr Zannino discovered he could raise awareness and funds for men’s health with the swipe of a razor, he decided it was time for the mo to go.

‘If I can raise awareness and funding for a good cause, then every little bit helps and I’m happy to do it,’ he said.

‘I shaved the beard off a few years ago and when I showed Sally she said ‘you look different, did you have your haircut?’ .

‘After a few moments she clicked and realised the beard was gone.’

The Movember campaign aims to raise funds for men’s health issues, including prostate and testicular cancer and mental health.

Mr Zannino is unsure whether the bald upper lip will still remain after the end of the month.

‘It looks good I suppose and it will be interesting to see if people actually notice it’s gone,’ he said.

He said the City of Swan had long supported initiatives that contributed to the health and well-being of the community.

‘We have staff and facilities out there to do everything we can for the community and men’s health,’ he said.

As the owner of a small family-owned vineyard, Mr Zannino takes a more traditional approach to staying fit and healthy.

‘The vineyard takes a lot of hard, physical work and that tends to keep me physically fit,’ he said.

– To donate to Mr Zannino’s Movember campaign, visit mobro.co/mayorcharlie.