Movember 2020 reaches the finish line

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The annual Movember campaign has officially come to an end, with the University of Stirling raising £37, 263 for the cause.

This year, 47 teams from the University of Stirling (UoS) not only doubled the amount of money raised last year, but exceeded it. 

Camy Rosen, the Movember Ambassador for Stirling said: “Our initial target was £15,000. We then moved in to £20,000 and then ended at a goal of £30,000. I was blown away that Stirling just didn’t stop working for the foundation over the entire month of November.” 

“I knew everyone had it in them, but I was shocked it happened this year with COVID-19 happening. I really thought we’d struggle fundraising this year when we can’t host physical events and have that same presence, but Stirling proved us wrong.” 

Traditionally, UoS Men’s Rugby club sits on the top of the teams’ leaderboard, with raising over ¼ of the total amount. 

“Rugby are a phenomenal fundraising team and always go above and beyond during Movember. They always find ways to fundraise and promote the cause. Also, Jack Sutherland, the other Ambassador for Movember was the captain of their fundraiser so it’s no wonder they absolutely smashed the fundraising,” says Camy. 

Top Team Fundraisers

Part of Movember was a “Big Moustache on Campus Challenge”, involving almost 2,000 universities across the UK. For the challenge, University of Stirling ranked 3rd in Scotland, only supressed by University of St. Andrews and the University of Glasgow, and placed 18th in the UK. Together, all the universities raised nearly two million pounds. 

Movember’s goal is to raise funds and awareness of mental health and testicular and prostate cancer as “men are dying too young”. Their campaign argues that “we can’t afford to stay silent”.

“Men’s health is in crisis. Men are dying on average 6 years earlier than women, and for largely preventable reasons.” 

“Movember is uniquely placed to address this crisis on a global scale. We fund ground-breaking projects all over the world, engaging men where they are to understand what works best and accelerate change.” 

Even though Movember is over, you can still donate to Stirling’s Movember by clicking here

Feature image: Movember.com

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