UC rejects razors to raise $12k for Movember

UC rejects razors to raise $12k for Movember

Kathleen O'Shea

13 December 2013: A University of Canberra combined effort saw five teams put down their razors and clippers to grow moustaches during November to raise over $12,000 in support of men's health as part of Movember.

Dave McCarthy, communications officer at UC Life!, was one of the organisers of the University's efforts and said he was thrilled they were able to donate $12,037 to the Movember Foundation for awareness of prostate and testicular cancer and mental health.


Grant Collett accepts the award for the Institute for Applied Ecology, who raised the most out of the UC Movember teams. Photo supplied

“It’s great to see the University community get behind such an important cause, we are far too quick to brush off men’s health issues, so to raise awareness and break the taboos in a light-hearted way like Movember is really important,” Mr McCarthy said.

An awards ceremony and trivia night was held on 28 November to congratulate all the teams for their efforts and award the best mos, including Library e-services team leader Tom Arthur scoring the ‘Stand-Out Effort’ award for a moustache shape shaved into the back of his head.

At the event the University’s top Movember fundraising team was announced as the UC-IAE MO-TIVATORS from the University’s Institute for Applied Ecology, who raised $3,816, with team leader Grant Collett accepting the award on the night whilst sporting an impressive handle-bar moustache. The UC Fit! team were a close second with $3,719.

Other teams to get involved were the University’s student magazine CUrio who raised $2,106, $1,710 by a group of students living on campus and Tom Arthur from the Student Equity and Support Unit with $686.

John Brennan Hair in Westfield Belconnen donated over $400 worth of prizes for the occasion, with Mr Brennan also presenting awards on the night.

After such a successful effort this year, Mr McCarthy said he has big plans for Movember 2015, aiming to take out the top prize for educational institutions in Australia.

“It was uplifting to see just how passionate the people around you are and what can be achieved as a whole. I think I speak on behalf of every upper lip in UC when I say we were blown away by the support we received.”