The call is being issued to men right across the county to get those moustaches and beards growing to highlight men’s health issues – in particular prostate and testicular cancer.


Recovery Haven Kerry last year raised €35,000 for their services as 160 men across Kerry took part in the Movember challenge – and are now hoping even more men will come on board for this year’s fundraiser.

The Tralee based charity – which has outreach services in Killarney and Killorglin – is currently looking to recruit men asking them to grow a beard or moustache between now and the end of November ahead of their big shave off at The Rose Hotel Tralee on November 27. Larger groups are also welcome to host their own events at a date of their choice in November.

Individuals, businesses, clubs, pubs and other groups across Kerry are welcome to come together and support the cause, Recovery Haven PR & Marketing officer, Marisa Reidy, explained.

The charity would also love to hear from individuals who may have an existing signature moustache or beard that they would be willing to sacrifice for such a good cause!

“We were genuinely bowled over last year by the support we received from the men of Kerry and we are really hoping to go one better this year,” Marisa said.

“Recovery Haven needs an average of €180,000 annually to keep our doors open and with no State funding available, we rely fully on fundraising events such as this to reach such a challenging goal. We believe that the potential of our 2019 Movember Challenge is huge, but as with any fundraising events, we rely fully on the support of the local community to make it happen, so for that reason we would love the men of Kerry to come on board.”

Anyone wishing to sign up for this year’s Movember Challenge is asked to contact Recovery Haven on 066 7192122 or email: to register and secure their sponsorship card.