Movember is a month-long campaign that in recent years has become one of the most popular and widely participated charity events we have seen.
Since it began in 2003, the Movember foundation has enjoyed incredible success supporting over 1,200 breakthrough mens health projects in 20 different countries.
The Movember Foundation CEO, Owen Sharpe, says it’s down to three things: “Movember is all about men’s health, and we all have men in our lives that we care about, whether that be father, brother, son, friend. It is also because Movember creates a sense of fun and community across a whole month and beyond – people love the brand, and that is unusual for the charity sector. I also think it is because Movember is celebrating what is good about being a man.”
The event, entails growing a moustache to help raise awareness for men’s health issues such as mental health, prostate and testicular cancer.
In 2017, the foundation raised a staggering £8 million and was distributed to various organisations, a record haul since the foundation became a registered charity in 2006.
The beauty of Movember is that you can participate as an individual, as a community or so whatever you choose, you can share posts and just giving pages on social media which helps make it easier to donate and to promote the cause.
York St John University are always keen to get involved in the annual event and this year was absolutely no different. The student’s union created a campaign that spread throughout the university, across sports and societies of all natures. SU President, George Coombs said: “It is a cause that is incredibly close to my heart. I have had family members effected by the issues raised, hence why I have so much time for the charity”.
More specifically, sports clubs have also got involved within the university with Mens Football raising a fantastic £542.00 for ‘Men’s Mental Health’ a charity based in York, £42.00 better than their original goal of £500.00.
Alistair Harvey, Charity secretary of YSJMFC branded the campaign a “huge success” as well as going on to say that “we did a lot of work on social media to reach out to people to donate, and it obviously worked”.
However, it wasn’t just Men’s Football who saw incredible returns from their Movember endeavour. Nathan Saltmer, Club Captain of Mens Rugby Union raised an outstanding £280.00 for his own individual cause, the record set at York St John University.
“It’s an incredible achievement and something I’m incredibly proud of to be at the top of the charts at the university, but what’s most important is the fact it’s another large sum towards the foundation and will hopefully go a long way in our fight to reduce the amount of men suffering from mental illness.” Nathan also added that he “felt like a proud parent” by the dedication of Rugby as a club towards the charity as they raised an exceptional £836.00.
These were only two clubs from York St John, over £2000 was raised across the whole university, a huge accomplishment for a huge and amazing cause.