Noticed a preponderance of hairy upper lips during November? You’ll probably saw members of the rugby club as they spent November carefully grooming their face hair to raise money for Movember.
The club raise funds for Movember every year, and a majority of the club grow moustaches to raise awareness of mens health issues. This year there was a particular focus on testicular and prostate cancer as well as mens mental health. So whilst raising money is good, the main benefit to the club in the fact they promote our members and other students to talk about mens health issues and educate themselves. (https://uk.movember.com/?home)
- The club raised a total of £1,527.00 through a series of events (see https://moteam.co/cranfield-rugby-club-2017?mc=1)
- Friends and family sponsorship for moustaches (all month)
- Dinners with the Cranfield Students Association President cooking and serving people
- A large university wide Charity Dinner at the College arms pub with live music and games
- A beer pong tournament at the Cranfield CSA
- Movember charity rugby match at Dunstablians RFC
A special mention goes to the College Arms on campus, and specifically Perry, Brad and Judy, who supported the event and put on the Charity dinner plus many thanks to the two live bands, the Mosquitos and Mama Jama, who entertained the guests (around 110) with live music for no charge!
Also credit to Wil Barnes-Shorrock, a local Cranfield resident (8 years old) who was at the College Arms with his parents, saw the charity event we were doing, and took it upon himself to help where he could, so the whole evening he went around the pub asking people to sign a rugby ball for charity. In total he raised £37, which took us over the £1500 total!