Record amount raised for Movember!

Monday 20 December 2021

What is Movember?

Movember is a global Men’s health charity which funds thousands of projects targeting the issues of Prostate cancer, Testicular cancer, Mental health and Suicide. These projects range from scientific investigations into new diagnosis techniques to more social projects such as the Men’s Pie club which brings men together to bake pies and talk to each other about their mental health.

What does Movember mean to you?

“For me, Movember provides the opportunity to highlight how much there is to be done to battle the stigma surrounding male mental health. Many people still seem to think that men are not allowed to show emotion which is completely false. The idea of the “Mo” is to spark conversations and so I use to Movember as a way to encourage the St Andrews community to challenge this stigma and support each other.”
(Finn Murphy, Saints Sport Wellbeing Officer)

How much has St Andrews raised?

This year, the University of St Andrews Movember campaign has raised £44, 018 with Saints Sport clubs accounting for a £42,740 of the total.
Breakdown below:

Rugby- £19, 868
Alumni- £8,664
Hockey- £5,975
Cricket- £1,786
Football- £988
Snowsports- £938
AU- £630
Ultimate Frisbee- £385
Rowing- £335
Shinty- £291
Fencing- £140
Athletics- £132
Polo- £100
Cheerleading- £10

What sort of fundraising activities take place?

The initial way to fundraise is to grow a “Mo”. However, it is not limited to this. You can also “Move for Movember” and “Mo your own way”. USTA Hockey 2nd year Bella Turner took this to another level by running 60KM in 1 day to raise awareness for the 60 men we lose to suicide every hour. On the same day, USTA Rugby second years, Ben Murrin and Bruno Steel, completed a 12 hour hike along the coastal path.

In terms of “Mo your own way”, USTA Rugby fresher Fergus Cato braved the icy waters of the north sea every single day of Movember.

The month then concluded with the annual “Mo Ball” hosted by the rugby club at the Old Course hotel. This was a great night with many sports clubs in attendance such as Netball, Hockey, Cheerleading, Clay Pigeon and Tennis. The night included a 3 course meal, a raffle and an auction. It was a great success and raised £2000.

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