Navy grows a 'mo' for the cause

Published on LCDR Lauren Rago (author), CPOIS David Connolly (photographer), LAC Michael Green (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Harman

Lieutenant Matthew Paes with his trophy for 'Best MO BRO' following judging of contestants in HMAS Arunta's Movember competition which raised over $500 toward the cause of increasing awareness of men's health issues. (photo: CPOIS David Connolly)
Lieutenant Matthew Paes with his trophy for 'Best MO BRO' following judging of contestants in HMAS Arunta's Movember competition which raised over $500 toward the cause of increasing awareness of men's health issues.

The month of November saw brave members from across the Royal Australian Navy fleet sport moustaches to support the Movember Foundation’s efforts in raising awareness and funds for men’s health initiatives worldwide.

Movember encourages men from all walks of life to grow their best mo, collect donations and encourage conversation around the health challenges effecting men such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health issues.

Gentlemen from HMA Ships Arunta and Parramatta, along with HMAS Kuttabul and HMAS Harman collectively made over $3,000 for the worthy cause and participated in some hilarious ‘Best Mo Bro’ competitions.

Harman’s Commanding Officer, Commander Jayne Craig said she was pleased with the Canberra base’s contribution.

“Any activity that increases awareness of health related issues in a safe and positive manner is one in which I am happy for Harman to be involved.

“It is pleasing to see the level of support from across the base,” Commander Craig said.

Navy members from HMAS Harman supporting the Movember challenge at the Defence Network Operations Centre in Canberra.

Navy members from HMAS Harman supporting the Movember challenge at the Defence Network Operations Centre in Canberra.

Harman’s Petty Officer Andrew Corbett also appreciates the campaign and his colleagues’ efforts.

“Movember is a fun and easy way to promote men’s health.

“There are mos of all shapes, sizes and quality on display for the month and each one has the potential to save a life,” he said.

Onboard Arunta, shipmates rallied in the Junior Sailors' Café to judge their ship’s best effort with Lieutenant Matthew Paes taking the main prize for his fine example of a handlebar moustache, followed closely by Leading Seaman Stephen Border with the ‘Nice Try Bro’ award.

Arunta’s Commanding Officer, Commander David Tietzel said it is good for the ship to support such a great cause.

“It is important we help change the face of men’s health,” he said.

In accordance with uniform requirements,  Navy personnel are not normally permitted wear moustaches so instead grow a beard for the month and shave them back to reveal a mo in uniform for the best in show competitions.

To date the Movember Foundation has raised $580 million and funded over 800 programs in 21 countries making it the leading global organisation committed to men’s health.

If you want to find out more or donate, check out http://au.movember.com.