While competitions may be halted for the majority of sports due to COVID-19, SU Sport has come together for one of its most important challenges to date – raising money for the RAG Movember Fund.
Starting in Australia back in 2003, Movember has since had over 5 million people across the world take part in its various fundraising efforts throughout the month of November. Those growing taches have set themselves the goal of reducing the number of premature deaths in men by 25%, raising funds for causes which look to combat some of the biggest killers of young men, such as poor mental health, testicular and prostate cancer.
Sports clubs are encouraged to make their own page attached to the RAG Movember Fund on Virgin Money, with a prize being awarded to the club who raises the most money per club member. A weekly update will be shared on the SU Bath Instagram of the top three clubs that have raised the most amount of money so far.
Last November, the University of Bath community managed to raise £11,000 across 13 teams for Movember, with some of the top fundraising teams being SU Bath Sports Clubs.
Co-ordinated by Sam Wright on the Sports Exec, the competition will run throughout the whole month, with other events planned to raise awareness for the cause. Sam said:
“Male mental health, testicular and prostate cancer are still far bigger problems in our society than they should be, so get as many people raising money as you can!”
Tom Sawko, SU Sport Officer added:
“It’s always great to see communities gather around a common purpose, and Movember is such a great example of that. Last year, our sports clubs stole the show, raising over half of the uni-wide total. I’m really excited to see what we can do this year to raise funds to combat the most common causes of early male deaths.
Please do get involved and let us know what you’re up to this Movember – it’s always great to see a disproportionate number of moustaches floating around campus, but there’s so much more to it, with great events and activities throughout the month.
Further than that, with loneliness and mental health during this period being a concern, please try to do something for yourself or for a mate; even if it’s just as simple as checking in or getting to grips with the different advice, support and wellbeing services at uni. Look after yourselves, and have a happy Movember!”