Students and staff at Robert Gordon University (RGU) have raised thousands of pounds for prostate and testicular cancer during Movember.
A total 72 students and staff took part in teams and raised £4,792 for research into prostate and testicular cancer, as well as mental health.
The month-long campaign was organised by RGU:RAG, the fundraising arm of the university’s Student Association, and supported by Aramark.
It challenged men to grow a moustache for the 30 days of November, thereby changing their appearance and the face of men’s health.
Females also signed up to Move-ember where they committed to ‘moving’ and completed 30 days of physical activity.
RGU student Marty McGouran (29), chair of RGU:RAG, said: “I’m delighted that we have managed to raise so much money for the Movember campaign this year. RGU has a strong tradition of supporting the charity and this has been our best year yet.
“All of the teams did a great job and I’d especially like to mention the RGU Rugby Club who raised £2,000 towards our total.”
The activity was supported by the university’s Fit for the Future initiative which blogged each week about the charity’s key themes.
RGU’s Accommodation and Catering Manager Ian Webster took part in Movember and is keen to keep the Mo-mentum going by doing his own ‘Beard December.’
His inspiration for taking part in the campaign is to raise awareness of men’s mental health issues.
He said: “Too many men bottle things up and don’t speak to anyone about how they feel. Growing a moustache is a visible thing and it gets the conversation going, which in turn raises awareness of men’s mental health.
He added: “I am proud to have raised £600 for Movember individually and I hope this total continues to grow throughout beard December. The RGU Movember team has done a great job.”
Dan DiackRGU Communications Office