Goodbye Mo

Dear Mo,

It’s time to say goodbye.

We’ve been together for a month now, and we’ve been through a lot. We started out as a couple of Mo Bros hanging out to raise money for men’s health, but what we got was so much more._A0Z6518

Soon after starting out our journey, over 60 firefighters, friends, families, and Mo Bros joined the team. Before long we raised $10,000 between us all. I had my own MO site, we had theFBEU / NSW Firefighter team page, and Movember was swinging.

Then we joined the Australian Movember Triple Zero Challenge and were running 3rd for a while. We started to drop in the challenge and the RFS were beating us, but then our friends and families donated lots and put us into first place. From there we never looked back. The team grew to 70, and the donations grew faster than our hairy Moes.

As you know, Mo, the Mo Bros that help with Movember are special people. We effectively become walking, talking billboards for 30 days. Through our growing efforts we raise awareness for the often ignored issues of men’s health, by prompting conversations wherever we go.

As you explained to me on your web site, Movember is not just for men. The women of Movember are known as Mo Sistas. They play a vital role in the success of Movember by supporting and encouraging the men in their life to get involved. Mo Sistas also get involved by signing up at, and participate by raising funds and awareness themselves. Essentially, Mo Sistas do everything that Mo Bros do, without a Mo.

We all did a good job, Mo. We finished with $23,000 overall, a win in the Triple Zero Challenge, and a great team effort.

But now I have to let you go, Mo. We can only be together for a month each year, so I have to say goodbye.

Before we part, let’s remember the good times, Mo.

Remember when you were skinny and people laughed at you? We pushed through that, and like the video explained, you got fuller.

Remember the day we had to choose your style this year? There are lots of different styles, but you chose the ‘Hairy Horseshoe’ this year, and it was a good call.

Remember the first day I had to trim you? My children laughed at us, but we got it done.

Remember the surfs we had together, and the day you scared off that guy that tried to drop in? There have been some great MOments in MOustache history, and that was one of them.

Remember the selflies we took together? People said I was loving myself, but really I just wanted photos of you.

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Remember last year we played those splendid games of lawn bowls with those other fine Mo Bro gents? The other bowlers didn’t stand a chance against us in that flouro yellow bowls shirt. The Illawarra firefighters ran anouther great charity bowls day this year too.                                                                  FBEU Bowls day

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Remember the time I pulled my hoodie up and called us “Obi MO Kenobi”……

Remember the photo with our fire crew, and Mo Bro Camo fell asleep?


Remember Last year when I shaved you down in stages to get different styled Moes, and you got cranky at the Hitler one, so I said it was Charlie Chaplin?

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Remember that time you drove me home from the pub? Having a Mo as a designated driver is a handy thing indeed.

But they weren’t all good times, and I must say sorry.

I’m sorry that all those girls you attracted had to be turned away, especially the hairy ones.

I’m sorry that you always turn out greyer than you would like. You like to think you’re younger than you are, so perhaps we could dye you a colour next year?

I’m sorry that there is not more hair for you to hang out with while you are with me. While I am going through a separation with the hair on my head, it is always good to know you are there when I need you.

Most of all, I’m sorry you have to go. We had so many good MOments this Movember and I look forward to meeting up with you next year.

Thanks for being MOcaptain of the FBEU / NSW Firefighters Movember team this year, and thank you for helping my team to win the Australian Triple Zero Challenge for the second year in a row.

Most importantly, and to all our Mo Bros and Mo Sistas, thank you for working so hard to raise $243,000 for Movember 2014, with every cent going to help and improve men’s health.

Goodbye old friend. My wife is chasing me around the house with a razor as I write this, so I really must let you go. We will meet again next Movember. So until then, and to all the Moes across the world, thank you for your visit.

Stay hairy,

Darin ‘The Hairy Horseshoe’ Sullivan

About Darin Sullivan (1980 Articles)
Former President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (2009-2018) and a professional firefighter with more than 30 years experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a former Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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