How ‘Mo’ can you go?

Published on SBLT Kat Mulheron (author), ABIS James McDougall (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Cerberus, VIC

Topic(s): HMAS Cerberus, Movember

Executive Officer HMAS Cerberus, Commander Melanie Verho, RAN, (right) judges the moustaches for Movember's 'Best Sculpted Mo' competition on the HMAS Cerberus Parade Ground, Victoria. (photo: ABIS James McDougall)
Executive Officer HMAS Cerberus, Commander Melanie Verho, RAN, (right) judges the moustaches for Movember's 'Best Sculpted Mo' competition on the HMAS Cerberus Parade Ground, Victoria.

As November approached, anticipation grew among the men of HMAS Cerberus with many planning their 'manscaping' for a chance to win the 2015 Cerberus Movember Challenge.
 
The popularity of Movember has grown globally over the years, as well as among the sailors, soldiers and airmen based at Cerberus who raised more than $3000 this year to donate to the Movember Foundation.
 

Rules were strict with no razor or scissors allowed to touch the hallowed growth until the final day. Commencing on the 1st of November, the competition came to a close on the 25th, with judging held before a crowd of more than 600 men and women.
 
After a brutal 'mowdown' the title of Best Sculpted Mo went to Petty Officer Darren Oke for an impressive looking moustache.
 
Petty Officer Oke was glad he trumped the competition and helped make a difference in men's lives at the same time.

From left, Winner of the 'Best Mo', Aircraftman Wayne Matthews, winner of the 'Best Sculpted Mo', Petty Officer Darren Oke, Executive Officer HMAS Cerberus, Commander Melanie Verho, RAN, and winner of the 'Worst Mo', Seaman Bailey Fisher, on the dais of the HMAS Cerberus Parade Ground.

From left, Winner of the 'Best Mo', Aircraftman Wayne Matthews, winner of the 'Best Sculpted Mo', Petty Officer Darren Oke, Executive Officer HMAS Cerberus, Commander Melanie Verho, RAN, and winner of the 'Worst Mo', Seaman Bailey Fisher, on the dais of the HMAS Cerberus Parade Ground.


 
"It's important to create awareness like this because men are stubborn and ignore their own health. Putting men's health in the limelight makes it easier to talk about," Petty Officer Oke said.
 
The place for Best Mo went to Aircraftman Wayne Matthews who said he’d signed up hoping to make more men conscious of their health as a priority.
 
"As we get older, we realise we're not as bullet-proof as we think we are. Men need to take this seriously," Aircraftman Matthews said.
 
Seaman Bailey Fisher cheerfully took the title of Worst Mo, simply happy to have participated.
 
"I initially signed up for a laugh, but this isn't a funny topic; it's very serious. It's great that we can bring attention to men's health in a light-hearted way," Seaman Matthews said.
 
The Movember Foundation is committed to changing the face of men's health. The Movember movement began as 30 'Mo Bros' in 2003 and now boasts over five million 'Mo Bros' and 'Mo Sistas' pulling together to raise vital funds and awareness for men's health, specifically prostrate cancer, testicular cancer and male mental health.