Personnel from Fleet Support Unit (FSU) Sydney are volunteering their faces and growing beards to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health.
Every year ‘Movember’ is responsible for sprouting millions of moustaches around the world. This year is no exception, with men everywhere transforming into walking, talking billboards for men’s health.
The Royal Australian Navy is no exception. Men are allowed to grow out their beards and on the last day of the month, can shave them into moustaches of their own design, to support the cause. The winner of the moustache design will gain the title of ‘Best Mo’, and a prize will be donated to the Movember Foundation.
Able Seaman (AB) Daniel Dixon, who is part of the FSU - Sydney team says he is supporting the cause regardless of his own abilities, “I can’t actually grow a moustache, but it’s for a good cause so I’m going to try my best.”
Others, such as Petty Officer (PO) Kyle Brook, have had more experience with Movember.
“This is the fifth year in a row I am doing it. It’s all about protecting the future, the more people we are able to reach now the better off everyone will be.”
This year the Movember Foundation has decided to include raising awareness for mental health as one of its goals.
“What really caught my attention this year was the mental health element,” said AB Justin Wilkinson, “I really enjoy helping wherever I can, so this is the third year I am taking part.”
Since the Movember Foundation launched in 2003, support for the ‘Mo Movement’ has grown exponentially into a worldwide phenomenon.
AB Armen Woskanian enjoys getting involved with the event.
“I think it is a fun way to do fundraising and raise awareness. It’s not like a run or a bike ride where its over in a day or two. For a whole month everyone is asking you about it, and it seems to be very effective in getting the message across,” said AB Woskanian.
As Navy personnel are not permitted to wear a moustache without a beard, they will change into civilian attire before they shave and shape their moustache for the competition, and then return to being cleanly shaved at the end of the event.