YOU definitely don’t need a stiff upper lip to raise money for charity, but a hairy one could be a big bonus.

That is why 34 of Selkirk Rugby Club’s players have signed up for next month’s ‘Movember’ challenge.

The idea behind ‘Movember’ is to encourage men to let their moustaches grow throughout November, at the same time raising money for charity by getting friends and family to sponsor them.

Aussie mates Travis Garone and Luke Slattery hit on the idea in 2003, since when their ‘Movember’ challenge has spread all around the world and helped raise millions of pounds for charity, in particular the fight against prostate cancer.

The last time Selkirk’s players took part in ‘Movember’ was back in 2012, when their moustache-growing efforts helped raise over £4,000 for Prostate Cancer UK.

This year’s project is being spearheaded by Aaron McColm and the players’ social committee, and sponsor sheets are being handed out to Selkirk’s players this week.

As well as Prostate Cancer UK, two other causes will benefit from Selkirk RFC’s ‘Movember’ challenge – the Brain Tumour Charity and the Harris Trust, both of which have connections with the club.

“We’d always wanted to do another Movember campaign,” Aaron told the website this week, “and now seemed like a good time since two of the charities to benefit are pretty close to the club.

“The players are definitely buying into it, and 34 of them have signed up so far, and I’m sure plenty more will come on board once they hear about it.

“The boys will have to have a shave on October 30th and then grow some sort of moustache until the end of the month. We’re hoping to have a wee social down at the club on December 4, for the guys to show off their ‘taches and to present prizes to category winners.

“It should be a lot of fun,” said Aaron, “and we’re definitely hoping to raise a lot of money for the three nominated charities. It’s now up to the players to do their bit and ‘grow a mo’!”

Anyone wanting a Movember sponsorship form should email Aaron at