The Wembley Fire Department’s “Stache for Cash” event is back for a second year to raise money for the Resource Centre for Suicide Prevention in Grande Prairie. Just in time for Movember, members are growing out their upper lips in support of mental health awareness for people in the community.
Wembley firefighter Mike Moon says the first detachment member’s stache will be shaved once a $200 donation limit is received, and staches increase by $10 until all of them are sold.
“What we’ve always said is you can either buy the whole moustache and have the whole moustache for yourself or you can just buy a piece of it and once they reach that total then they’ll shave it off.”
Moon adds that the event is an important part of mental health awareness in northern Alberta due to the nature of trades work and emergency services.
“Obviously in our profession, there’s no shortage of trauma and triggers for mental health, so having people that are willing to speak out about it and support the groups that are advocating for it is really important.”
Cash donations are accepted at the Wembley Fire Department during operating hours, or through the Wembley Firefighters Association. 100 per cent of the proceeds from the event will go towards the Resource Centre for Suicide Prevention.