In case you missed it, here’s what some Cardiff societies got up to for Movember

Cardiff uni societies rallied this year to raise as much support and money for Movember

In 2003 over a pint in Melbourne, Australia, the idea for Movember was born. It started with 30 moustache’s, and today it has reached over six million of them – and they’re not done yet.

Movember is a men’s health charity, who champion awareness of Men’s Mental Health, Prostate cancer and Testicular cancer. They campaign to raise awareness that men are dying too young, and by 2030 the charity aim to reduce the total of premature male death by 25 per cent.

Every year Cardiff Uni’s societies go above and beyond to raise money, support and awareness for Movember and 2021 has been no different. We spoke to some of Cardiff’s sports societies about their Movember, and it’s something to be proud of.

Cardiff Uni Rugby Club

The boys at Cardiff Uni RFC managed to raise an amazing £10.5k! They managed this by organising ‘The Cardiff Boys Bare All’ a 10k run in nothing but their underwear.They also campaigned by walking or running 60km throughout the month to raise awareness that 60 men lose their lives every hour to suicide. And of course, they grew tache’s (where they could).

The team have gone above and beyond this Movember, not just by raising money, but by being active on social media constantly raising awareness of their efforts, of Movember, and the causes it champions.

Medics Rugby

The Medics Rugby team were also working hard this month as they managed to raise a fab £1,500. They hosted a charity Quiz night: ‘Cardiff Meds – Big Fat Quiz of the Year’.

One member even hosted a Pizza night, selling pizza to the people of Cathays and managed to raise £360 himself.

Cardiff Uni Golf

The Golf team took on Movember by raising money individually, and got a fundraising page available here: Cardiff uni Golf Club. They have also been tracking the progress of their moustache’s this month.

Cardiff Uni Netball Club

The Netball team managed to raise the second highest amount of all of the sports teams at the university at £3346, an incredible feat especially as a women’s sports club. Not only did the go on club runs, they also ran 60km each and fundraised individually.

On Sunday, the men’s football team, the hockey team, the medics football team, the bioscience netball team and other uni netball teams all took part in a mixed netball tournament hosted by the club.

C-Plan Football Club

The C-Plan team have managed to raise a fab £1.5k this month so far. The majority of the team managed to grow fantastic tache’s, while also setting themselves fitness goals and targets to run a certain amount of kilometres this month. The club also made an important point of reminding each-other to check up on friends and support teammates, both off and on the pitch.

They told The Cardiff Tab: “As a group of men in the age range most vulnerable to depression and suicide, all of us have been affected in some way by mental health problems and so this cause is particularly important us, hence our committed efforts to raise money.”

Cardiff Uni Football

Organisers Louis Hirst and Kieran Dimelow put in amazing work and managed to raise £2700 along with the rest of the football team. Part of raising this money was rowing from JD gyms to Wembley Stadium, a total of 234km. The team also participated in a mixed netball tournament and a pub quiz.

The club created an initiative called ‘pint for a person’ where every week team members donated £5 to their account as a theoretical pint for someone in need, whether that be for the pint or the money.

These were not the only efforts around Cardiff this month, we want to say a massive well-done to every one who raised any money, support or awareness this month, whether that was individually or in a group. Every effort helps, big or small, you should be proud. To see many more efforts around Cardiff this November check out Cardiff uni’s movember Instagram.

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