Uni fundraising team aim to make Movember a month to remember

A team of fundraisers from the University of Bath are ‘bristling’ with enthusiasm as they embark on a month long fundraising challenge – to grow moustaches!

The team of five, calling themselves ‘Unitache!’ are taking part in the worldwide fundraising challenge called Movember.

First started by a group of friends in Melbourne, Australia in 2003, Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple – start 1 November cleanly shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month – in turn raising awareness and money for The Prostate Cancer Charity.

The team is led by Iain Allan Mills from the Learning & Teaching Enhancement Office. He is supported by Roger Peabody from BUCS, James Olver from the Academic Registry, Graham Waton from the International Office, and Social Work & Applied Social Sciences student Ross Turmel.

Iain said: “I had a substantial mouser for a long time while at the University and in some quarters was even known as the Monopoly man but my daughters made me shave it off. This is a perfect excuse to grow it back and because it’s such a worthwhile cause there can be no complaints!

“We are representing the University in its support for the fight against prostate cancer and we are donating our faces for the month for that very cause.

“We hope that the University and local community will get behind us so we can raise money towards the national total.”

The ‘Unitache!’ team knows they face competition to be crowned the Movember champions in Bath.

Iain added: “We know Bath Spa University have a couple of teams taking part so we have thrown down the gauntlet to see who has the stiffest upper lips!

“We also know that the Department of Chemical Engineering here at the University has entered a team so there will be plenty of hirsute gentlemen to admire around campus by the end of the month.”

Those wishing to support the efforts of the ‘Unitache!’ team can either donate online: http://uk.movember.com/mospace/670074/ or or drop into the Learning & Teaching Enhancement Office or contact James Olver, ext 3512, WH2.12C.

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