November has flown by, December has begun and my Movember moustache has gone! Will tells us more about his effort and Male Health Awareness…
My moustache was a slight improvement from last year’s attempt and I can take some encouragement from that. A few team mates of mine from Aberystwyth Exiles F.C produced some fine efforts that I admired in training. However, whilst growing a Mo can be a good laugh with your mates, the message behind Movember has so much more meaning.
You may have read my blog post at the beginning of the month and acknowledged my brief outline of the Movember Foundation’s history. The Movember Foundation have already built an incredibly popular annual occasion for raising awareness of male physical and mental health. Once again, the Movember Foundation have expanded their cause and introduced the ‘MOVE’ initiative for 2015. The initiative encourages participation in physical activity to help benefit both physical and mental wellbeing.
Movember in Cardiff
To promote the ‘MOVE’ initiative, Cardiff University Sport and the Student Support Service teamed up to promote physical activity via social media, awarding free fitness sessions and gym memberships to those who participated in their competition. The winners of the competition were showcased on twitter – well done @@ and @ – enjoy the gym!
Whilst I witnessed my moustache become more and more ginger throughout November, I began to admire the participation of so many Cardiff University students. Cardiff University Rugby Club (CURFC) were particularly impressive. CURFC achieved their fundraising target for the Movember Foundation by raising £1100 (and counting). The Cardiff Rugby vs Cricket charity football match was a great idea for encouraging physical activity and engaging students with the Movember cause. You can visit their Mo Space to check out their progress and even make a generous donation yourself!
Here’s a look at the Cardiff University Rugby Club boys great efforts – thanks for the photos John …
Further fundraising came from the Cardiff Mo Awardsat 29 Park Place where donations went to the Movember Foundation and the Velindre Cancer Centre. Loads of great prizes were on offer for the best (and worst) moustaches, including Six Nations tickets, Google tablets, gift vouchers and many more.
It is clear that the Movember Foundation has had another successful year. Popular Cardiff University sports teams and societies were very influential for encouraging Movember participation. Some very successful fundraising events were hosted, which of course has a massive benefit to the researchers aiming to eradicate the outlined mental and physical problems for good. The Movember Foundation has already done so much for men’s health but it is safe to say that they’re not done yet.
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- Mental and Emotional Wellbeing Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Team
- Physical Wellbeing supported by our Health Team, Sports Staff, Sports Teams, Disability and Dyslexia Team
- Spiritual Wellbeing supported by our Chaplaincy
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I look forward to participating in Movember again next year – watch this space!
Will Brown – Marketing Intern
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