Male staff at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) are donating their faces to charity by growing moustaches throughout November and raising funds to help combat prostate cancer.
Male staff at the RCVS are donating their faces to charity by growing moustaches throughout November and raising funds to help combat prostate cancer.
Eleven members of Royal College staff have embarked on the Movember challenge, a light-hearted campaign that aims to raise awareness of a disease that kills one man every day in the UK.
The RCVS team – “All ‘Taches Great and Small” – comprises at least one member from every department in the college, so while the team as a whole will be raising as much money as it can, interdepartmental competition is “likely to get quite hairy”.
Simon Wiklund, advisory manager and instigator of the college’s participation in Movember 2010, said: “Visitors to the college over the next few weeks shouldn’t be alarmed if some members of staff begin to resemble a Village People tribute band. I suggested this to the chaps last week, and was delighted so many were willing to look daft for such a good cause.”
Funds raised through Movember’s UK campaign benefit the The Prostate Cancer Charity (TPCC), the UK’s leading prostate cancer charity. Global participation in 2009 saw more than £26 million raised for Movember’s global beneficiary partners.
According to the Movember website, the rules are simple: “Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. All MoBros should be clean shaven on Movember 1 and then grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men.”
Mr Wiklund added: “In spite of ourselves, reputations are at stake here. We’re a mixed-ability team, so it will be interesting to see who sports the best tache at the end of Movember. This is no trivial hirsute.”
Anyone wishing to support the All Taches Great & Small team in their “bristling endeavours” should visit their fundraising pages. Donations can be made to individual MoBros, or to the team as a whole.
Joining Simon Wiklund in this hirsute pursuit are education officer Duncan Ash, post clerk Mike Byrne, special projects manager John Collins, assistant registrar Gordon Hockey, communications manager Ian Holloway, professional conduct secretary Chris Murdoch, education officer Jordan Nicholls, public affairs officer Anthony Roberts, facilities manager Martyn Webster and facilities coordinator Tom Winters.