Rugby squad unite for Movember

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DMU Rugby players (L-R) Luke Wilkinson, Ed Friel and Jamie Roskell.

Members of De Montfort Students’ Union men’s rugby club have united to raise money for Movember.

Over 100 of the club’s players, committee and supporters are currently casting aside their inhibitions – and razors  as they attempt to grow a moustache, the signature look of Movember, throughout this month.

Movember is a men’s health charity focusing on raising money for, and awareness of, four key focus areas; prostate cancer; testicular cancer; poor mental health and physical inactivity.

The club have been accepting online donations, while members have also been braving the elements to collect money on campus in all weathers.

Organiser and club Health and Safety officer Henrik Smolinksi said that the club had already beaten last year’s total - which exceeded £2000 - and are on course this year to raise a mammoth £3000.

Henrik said that in addition to the fundraising, it is also important to draw attention to the illnesses that Movember support, and encourage men to perform regular check-ups on themselves and seek professional help and advice if needed.

He added:  “Men’s testicular cancer and prostate cancer are often overlooked compared to other illnesses, and Movember is a good way to raise awareness.”

This year’s effort is also helping to raise the club’s profile, and bringing them closer together.

Henrik said: “It’s a club effort, rather than a team effort. We are trying to move away from a first and second team.

“It’s an excuse to look like an idiot for a month, and do it as a team. Everyone is pulling their weight so we can’t complain.

“People are putting a bigger shift in than last year. People care a bit more.”

Rugby squad member Jonny Richardson added: “It gives the rugby club a good name. It shows it’s not just about drinking and playing rugby.”

First year student Ben Pape said: “My attempt is fairly feeble, but it’s good, everyone is pulling together to help the team.

“It’s all for a good cause.”

To donate, visit the team’s fundraising page here.

Alternatively, look out for bucket shakers who will be outside of the campus centre each day between now and the end of November.

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