Movember strikes again!


A number of RAF Halton’s wives and girlfriends were relieved in December, as their partners shaved off their ‘Movember’ moustaches.

The usual suspects, with a few new boys, started growing them on the first of November and the end of the month signified the shave off; with two ladies, Cpl Sarah Hughes and SAC Natalie Knox, doing the honours. After having his shaved off, all year round moustache wearer, Sqn Ldr Lee Cobley said: “It’s been real fun again, I grew handlebars on mine but snipped the edges off this weekend. I’ll start growing it again now. We are going towards raising over £500 with what has been raised so far and the £200 I have collected.”

Movember originated in 1999 when a group of men in Adelaide coined the term ‘Movember’ and the idea of growing moustaches for charity throughout the month of November. The group started with 80 men and soon became a nation wide phenomenon. In 2004 an unrelated group in Melbourne organised an event where they would grow a moustache for 30 days to raise awareness for prostate cancer, depression and other men’s health issues. This was the start of the Movember Foundation charity. The Foundation has since raised 174 million dollars worldwide after spreading to South Africa and Europe and is now a firm event in RAF Halton’s calendar.

Another regular ‘Mo Bro’, Flt Lt Tim Carpenter, said: “It’s been a hairy and prickly month and the suggestion that we wax it off was immediately turned down. It’s looking like another good year collecting with donations of £50 on the Station gate, £50 from the medical centre and over £135 pledged so far.”

The International Man of Movember is chosen from 21 national winners all over the world to wear the crown and be the face of Movember for a whole year. Each national Man of Movember winner is voted in at that particular country’s main Gala Parté, held at the end of November, by both judges and fans.

The very first champion was Mark Knight from London in 2010. South Africa’s Anton Taylor won the title in 2011, and in 2012 it was Chris Thwaites from New Zealand who won the coveted sash.

Petty Officer Bob Callow explained that as naval personnel he was allowed to grow a beard but not a moustache, whereas RAF personnel can grow a moustache but not a beard, so he had to get clearance from Captain Andy Cree to grow one. He said: “This is the first time I’ve grown facial hair, I’ve enjoyed it and I’ll feel the cold now. My partner likes it but it has to go as it ages me.