Waterhen's Mo Bros and Sisters raise funds for men's health

Published on Ms Eliza Bavin (author), LS Luke Graham (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Waterhen

HMAS Waterhen’s Mo Bros and Mo Sisters show off their facial hair and nails at the midway point of the ‘Movember’ campaign. (photo: LS Luke Graham)
HMAS Waterhen’s Mo Bros and Mo Sisters show off their facial hair and nails at the midway point of the ‘Movember’ campaign.

With the midway point of ‘Movember’ now behind them, 40 members of HMAS Waterhen are charging towards the finish line.

Coordinator of Waterhen’s participation, Leading Seaman Luke Graham says the small establishment is placing well in the Australian Defence Force Challenge.

“So far we’ve raised $2,160 for the campaign. Waterhen is currently 15th place in the 'Movember Australian Defence Force Challenge' out of 76 teams which is a great achievement given the size of our establishment,” said LS Graham.

This year 10 ‘mo sisters’ have joined their ‘mo bros’ in the fundraising initiative, helping to increase awareness about men's health issues.

“As a large part of our workforce is female, it was important for us to include them as well. As women are not normally allowed to wear nail polish while in uniform, ‘Movember’ is a chance for them to show their support,” said LS Graham.

With only a few days left, LS Graham says the ‘Movember’ campaign has been a good talking point.

“This is a fun campaign and has led to a few light-hearted jokes around the base as we see everyone’s facial hair growing in,” said LS Graham.

“On the last Friday of November, Waterhen’s Welfare Committee is holding a Movember BBQ and judging competition.  Attached units will join Waterhen in judging the best and worst Mo’s, alongside the Mo Sista’s who will try to style a worst hair do.”

Movember is an annual charity initiative that sees men grow moustaches during the month of November, in a united movement to raise vital funds and awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. Females are encouraged to support the campaign.

As Navy personnel are not permitted to wear a mustache without a beard, they will change into civilian attire before they shave and shape their mustache for the competition, and then return to being cleanly shaved at the end of the event.