MOUSTACHE owners of Shepparton are being rallied to make a difference this Movember by donating blood or plasma. The Australian Red Cross Lifeblood and Movember have partnered in a bid to highlight men’s health, considering that one in three men will need blood at some point.
The Shepparton Lifeblood Donor Centre is adding a touch of creativity to the noble cause. Every donor this month will be gifted a limited-edition bandage featuring a distinctive design by Movember co-founder and artist, Travis Garone. The bandage, named ‘Brothers in Arms’, depicts a handle-bar moustache, an emblem of two hands coming together, set against a cool blue backdrop.
Garone explained, “There is a simplicity to growing a moustache, and there is a simplicity to donating blood. It’s a very simple act, and simple acts will change the world.”
Lifeblood spokesperson Shae Burns emphasised the need for more local men to contribute. “This Movember we’re calling on more locals to help us meet increasing demand. Currently we particularly need more O group donors because it is the universal blood type that can be given to anyone in emergencies,”
The Movember bandage is a part of Lifeblood’s 2023 True Colours campaign, an initiative that teams up with Australian artists to design bandages that not only look good but also inspire donations.