Navy Movember madness raises $8000
The eagerly anticipated HMNZS TE MANA Movember prizegiving was held on Saturday 30 November at sea, proving to be a high-morale event.
An excitable crowd packed out the Junior Rates Dining Hall, all keen to vote for their favourites, and more importantly witness the highly publicised “wax-off” of LT Andy Mahoney’s moustache.
Photo: LCSS Stacey Rasmussen waxes the second half of LT Andy Mahoney’s mo.
Ship’s Company raised a total of $2757.98 for the Movember men’s health charity. Additionally, friends and family sponsored $440.00 to support of us on the Movember website. This takes TE MANA's combined total for Movember to $3197.98.
Ship’s Company were privileged to participate in Movember. . Many thanks to loved ones who supported the cause by making donations through the Movember website. December 1 brought a fresh-faced and clean shaven Ship’s Company as HMNZS TE MANA remains tasked to CTF 151 continuing her counter-piracy mission.
Meanwhile, personnel at Devonport Naval Base raised a further $5000 from Movember. Photos and details are on the Navy’s Facebook page. And TV3 News’ Firstline programme carried live interviews with Movember participants from the base.
Four of the new recruits of Basic Common Training (BCT) 13/03 gave eloquent accounts of their Navy life so far at the family church service held at St Christopher’s Chapel, Devonport Naval Base, on Sunday 13 October.
This is what Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Jack Steer, wrote in a Leadership Log delivered to the entire Navy the next day:
“I was honoured to attend the family church service for BCT 13/3. Loads of families and friends attended, some of them travelling from the ends of New Zealand to be there. It was a great service with the highlight for me being the reflections on their life in the Navy so far by four of the BCTs. Great little stories that made many in the congregation so proud they were brought to tears. The BCTs and their instructors did a fantastic job with the service. I look forward to seeing this course graduate in early December.”
Read the reflections of the four BCTs in full.