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‘Tash-tastic’ fundraising effort for cancer charities

Staff and students at the University have raised awareness and funds for cancer charities by growing - or at least attempting to grow - moustaches.

Fifteen members of staff and eight drama students at the University took part in Movember, a charity event which challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men's health by growing a moustache.

Held in November each year, the event raises funds for the Prostate Cancer Charity and Institute of Cancer Research’s Everyman campaign and has one simple rule: Start on 1 November clean shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month.

Now, at the end of their four-week challenge, the two teams have raised almost £1,500 by following Movember’s rule to the letter.

Not one to be left out, Lauren Baino, a female drama student on the stand-up comedy module, signed up for the Movember challenge. Despite being physically incapable of growing a moustache, she managed to raise £6 for the Monkeyshine Mo's team, named after the students’ comedy night.

Ben Charlton, Computing Officer at the University and leader of the UniKent team, said: ‘We got involved because prostate cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer among men, but people don't want to talk about it. Movember is a great way of starting that conversation, while encouraging donations to the charities that provide support and fund research.’

Oliver Double, Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies who was encouraged to sign-up by his drama students, said: ‘Personally, I've found people's reactions really interesting. It's certainly made more people talk to me in the corridors, often with some kind of teasing comment - my favourite of which was the person who told me I look 'dastardly'.’

Professor Bill Gullick, Scientific Advisor to the Kent Cancer Trust and Professor of Cancer Biology at the University, said: ‘Both national and local charities, including the Kent Cancer Trust, are dependent on donations to carry out their vital work. We are delighted that the teams took up this challenge and we would urge as many people as possible to donate to cancer charities.’

The UniKent team from Information Services and the Unit for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching consisted of: Andy Friday, Anthony Seminara, Ben Charlton, Etienne Donzelot, James Wilson, Jon Peacock, Leo Lyons, Marcus Chester, Mark Fendley, Matthew Slowe, Pete Frost, Stephen Ogden, Steve Bailey and Stewart Brownrigg.

The Monkeyshine Mo’s team consisted of: Jon Bolitho-Jones, Kenny Budd, Chris Lawrence, Kris Lewis, Dave Newell, Ryan Parsons, Richard Stewart, Lauren Baino and Oliver Double.

To support either team visit and search for Monkeyshine Mo’s or UniKent.



Story published at 11:13am 7 December 2010

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