GOOD DEED: Damn the gender norms, Jackie Parker is doing Movember.
GOOD DEED: Damn the gender norms, Jackie Parker is doing Movember. Andrew Messenger

Funny looks a small price for Movember

YOUR eyes see right - Jackie Parker is a Mo Sista. Yes, she's a girl and she's doing Movember.

A lack of hair on the top lip is no barrier for Jackie.

She's doing the month-long charitable event anyway, with the assistance of an array of multi-coloured fake plastic semi-stick 'staches.

She was motivated by the death of two male friends, one through suicide.

"If I can get around with a fake mo on for 30 days, then I think men can talk about their health issues,” she said.

"Women talk about it all the time. We're out there, 'Oh yeah, went and had a pap smear yesterday.' We talk about it with our friends, we talk about it with our family.

"Men don't talk about their feelings or their health issues at all.”

That's something Jackie wants to change.

Her target is $500, all of which will go to research cures for men's health problems, in particular prostate and testicular cancer and depression and mental health problems.

The fundraiser is a constant battle for Jackie, who wears one of her enormous array of comedy fake moustaches at all times in public.

Whenever she remembers, that is.

"This morning I forgot to put one one, so I bolted back to the car and grabbed a pen and drew one on.”

Her daughter begged her not to wear one to the high school awards night. She did anyway. Jackie said embarrassing people was the whole point of the exercise.

But she said the biggest shock was how many people didn't say anything.

"The amount of people that see me in the street and they serve me (at a cafe) - not a word.

"I couldn't talk to a female with a fake moustache without saying anything.”

Her favourite is a ridiculous French-style curly moustache.

Her friend and inspiration Jessie Munster, from Gladstone, last year raised more than $17,000 with her partner.

They were in the top-10 most effective Movember fundraisers in Australia.

Jackie is the only Augathella resident to do the challenge, she thinks, and has raised about $70 so far.


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