The month-formerly-known-as-November coincided with HMAS Sydney being at sea this year, leading to a high rate of Movember participation on board.
Movember is an annual fundraiser for men’s health, seeking to support health programs targeting prostate and testicular cancer as well as mental health challenges.
Sixty-nine people signed up to cease shaving at the beginning of the month, and 30 November was the big reveal, with beards removed to leave behind an assortment of very (ahem) attractive moustaches.
Prizes were awarded for the best and worst mo’s. A special panel of lady-judges, representing the junior sailors, senior sailors and wardroom messes, was convened, and ship’s company gathered around the barbecue to cheer on their favourites.
The most handsome moustache category produced a clear winner in Seaman John Duffield, sporting a Great Gatsby-esque sophisticated look. The prize for the worst moustache was awarded to Leading Seaman Nathan De Lore, in a very tightly contested field – his Charlie Chaplin impersonation was certainly unique and impressed the judges over the multitude of tributes to the late Chopper Read.
As Sub Lieutenant Rebecca Avila, president of the judging panel said “It was good to see so many enthusiastic moustache-owners out on parade, and so many people interested in taking part in this event.”
All up, HMAS Sydney’s ship’s company raised $1380 towards supporting men’s health. If you want to find out more or donate to this worthwhile cause, check out http://www.movember.com.