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Team Keele's Mighty Movember 2020

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Movember is such an incredible cause celebrated globally each November.

Whilst all genders participate in the novelty aspect of growing, wearing, drawing, tatooing...you name it, a moustache onto their wonderful faces, they do not forget the true reason behind their valiant efforts! Globally men die on average six years earlier than women for reasons largely preventable, and by raising money each November to go towards men's mental health, suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer we can really make a difference to that figure. 

Keele University have been raising awareness for Movember for many years and have yet again made a huge contribution to such an important charity organisation. At time of writing, the Keele University Movember Network have raised £5,521...and it's rising daily! With a £6,000 target, we have no doubt that teams will reach the grand total, and we couldn't be prouder to be at Keele. 

With 36 sports clubs, and 28 of these filled with some brilliant men, there is no questioning why all our AU clubs would raise awareness for the Mighty Movember! So as we now welcome in December and the countdown to Christmas begins, lets not forget the reason we raised money and awareness for Movember and the efforts of ALL our AU clubs in their hard work and dedication to the cause. 

Whether you chose to style the Goaty, the Dali or the Walrus, you tried to grow out stubble or drew one on in sharpie, this fantastic month of Tashes have really made us proud, and to celebrate all your Movember achievements and recognise our own “community of rockstars” (as described no better than Movember UK) we would like to acknowledge the following:

  • Keele University Movember Network has raised an impressive £5,471 so far, just short of an ambitious target of £6,000
  • Keele Men's Hockey have been champions on social media wearing their tashes with pride and helped to raise nearly £2000 in total
  • Keele Archery worked hard organising a pub quiz to raise money for Movember
  • Keele Women's Cricket raised awareness on social media for the campaign in efforts to raise money for the cause
  • Keele Netball completed a 60km challenge for the 60 men we lose to suicide every hour
  • Keele Volleyball hit social media with their focus on "Grow a Moustache" and "Move for Movember" 
  • Keele Men’s Rugby have worked hard promoting Movember on social media and are hoping to reach Keele’s £6,000 target with their Warzone competition on the 19th December
  • Keele Ultimate Frisbee worked hard in the cold with 100,000 Throws for Mo - well done guys!
  • Women’s Football also wore their moustaches with pride during their virtual fitness sessions to promote Mighty Movember and encourage their members to donate to such a worthy cause
  • Keele Tennis also worked hard with efforts from Matt Barlow in their "Whatever you grow will save a Bro" facebook page raising money for Movember
  • Let’s not forget those beautiful moustache masks from Korfball...because why would you want to cover them up! Selling reusable cotton masks for £5 helped the team raise money for Movember UK and pushed the Keele University Movember Network to reach such an impressive amount!
  • And to all the other other members and clubs/societies not listed, that helped raise awareness with their tashes, sport events and all round support...a HUGE thank you to you all for helping us achieve such a fantastic amount! 

Kavan Nijjer,  who on his own has raised £1,050 alongside being this years Keele Movember Ambassador and Men's Hockey First Team Captain, says: "This year Movember was pretty much spent in a complete lockdown, however Keele still managed to Mo-ve on and do bigger and better things than years before. From the moustache facemasks through to the Movember Pub Quiz held over zoom, everyone has played their part in raising awareness and funds for a great cause and are all helping to change the face of mens mental health as we know it. I’m looking forward to next year and hoping to be able to put on a multitude of events in and around the SU."

Holly Brooks, Keele SU's Athletic Union & Sport Officer says: "It's been amazing to see so many teams and individuals who have come up with innovative ways to raise awareness for men's mental health and to raise money for Movember. Huge congratulations to everyone involved!"

Here at the Students' Union we couldn’t be more impressed with all your hard work and those beautiful moustaches – wear them with pride and keep your faces warm for Christmas!

You really are fan-tash-tic!

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