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Lawyers grow the 'stache to raise the cash

20 November 2008

For eleven months of the year they are the clean-shaven Allens Arthur Robinson Banking & Finance team in Melbourne.

But in Movember, this team has become a bunch of hirsute heroes braving itchy stubble and distraught wives and girlfriends to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation and beyondblue - the national depression initiative.

Leading the group is Partner Simon Lynch, who has agreed to grow a moustache for the first time since university.

'It was laughable then and, after quarter of a century, nothing has changed,' Mr Lynch said.

'I've been measuring the growth daily and, based on current progress, I don't expect to grow much of a moustache by the end of the month.'

While the prevalence of wispy whiskers in the department may leave permanent emotional scars for colleagues, Mr Lynch said it was a small price to pay for such good causes.

'Both the Prostate Cancer Foundation and beyondblue do wonderful work in bringing to the community's attention these vital issues that affect many Australian men.

'If our itchy upper lips can lead to more money for these organisations then it has all been very much worthwhile.'

If you would like to support the Banking & Finance team on their hairy quest, then go to http://www.movember.com.au/au/donate and enter their team name, BaFMo. All donations above $2 are tax deductible.

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Allens Arthur Robinson has staff in 14 cities and eight countries across the Asia Pacific.