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Good deed brightens a hairy world

  • Paul Garvey - Executive Manager HR
  • DCO Steve Warrington, DCO Alan Ellis and CO Euan Ferguson
  • L-R John Salvucci, Paul Hugget and Jason Leigh
  • DCO Steve Warrington, DCO Alan Ellis & DCO John Haynes
  • The team from Hampton Park Brigade
  • Greg Esnouf and his alternate Mo
  • CFA Recruits 03/2012

By: Erin Carrigy

Category: People

  2.12 PM 4 December, 2012

Location: CFA HQ News, General

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Movember was born in Melbourne in 2003 and a challenge was set among 30 mates to grow a mo for November – which was quickly renamed ‘Movember’.  Since the first Movember, the cause has steadily grown to 854,288 global participants raising $AUS124 million in 2011. 

This year 35 men and 3 women from CFA joined the Triple Zero Challenge with the funds raised tabled against other Australian emergency services organisations. Chief Officer Euan Ferguson was the first recruit followed by the team of DCOs (Alan Ellis, John Haynes, Steve Warrington and Greg Esnouf). A collection of staff and volunteers were also welcomed onto the team for a month of moustache madness.

 Regular complaints of itchiness, embarrassment, kind words of colleagues and the words ‘never again’ have been heard but, in the last week of the campaign, there were many smiling mo bearers and one who was so happy with his mo that he has decided to keep it.

 Alan Ellis ended the month on top of the leader board with $1041, followed closely by Euan Ferguson who just outran volunteer Andrew Kennedy of Boronia brigade. 

 As of today, the team has raised $9,380 for men’s health and is currently sitting in 3rd position in the Triple Zero Challenge.


Team CFA wasn’t the only group representing the organisation in the Triple Zero Challenge.  We also had the following teams from CFA donning moustaches for Movember:

  • Hampton Park Fire Brigade ($3916)
  • CFA Recruits 03/2012 ($2727)
  • Shepp Firies ($2300)
  • Narre Warren North ($1075)
  • Caroline Springs ($819)
  • Narre Warren Fire Brigade ($690). 

 A special mention to the Hallam CFA – Elite Mo Response team, who weren’t in the challenge but raised $3185: a combined fundraising total of $24,092.

 If you still wanting to donate, all is not lost!  Online donations are still open at with all donations over $2 tax deductable.

 Thank you to everyone who has participated and supported the Movember quest in 2012.  Without your help and willingness to sprout hair on their upper lips for men’s health, our team would not have been anywhere near as successful.

CFA Team Captain

Erin Carrigy

Last Updated: 04 December 2012