01/11/2015 11:59 AM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:50 PM AEST

Movember 2015 Kicks Off Around Australia


SYDNEY -- One of Australia's most well-known rockers has helped kick off Movember as thousands of Aussie blokes start sporting hairy top lips to boost awareness about men's health.

INXS musician Kirk Pengilly was

" target="_hplink">on hand at Bondi in Sydney on Sunday to get the month-long event underway, with his wife, surfer Layne Beachley, shaving off his iconic moustache.

“Men aren’t as great as women at looking after their wellbeing. Growing a Mo for Movember is a simple way blokes can have an impact on the state of men’s health across the country,” Pengilly said.

Today marks the start of Movember - the annual month-long campaign that seeks to raise money and awareness for issues like prostate cancer and mental health.

The event began life in Australia but has now gone global, including spin-offs in the UK, US and Canada.

Movember foundation executive director Paul Villanti said growing a moustache can save a life.

"It does start the conversation, and whether that's on a construction site, whether it's a banker, whether it's a train driver, we find that growing a moustache is a fantastic way to have a conversation around health," he told 2GB.

Aussie celebrities including AFL players, cricketers and A-League stars have all committed to take part in the 2015 edition this November.

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