Join your student officers Ronan Cahill and Ronan Mannix as they take on Movember!
Student officers Ronan Cahill and Ronan Mannix Take on Movember!
What is Movember?
In November 2023, UL Student President, Ronan Cahill, and Academic Officer, Ronan Mannix, took on Movember as they tried to raise vital funds for a really special cause.
Movember is an annual global movement that challenges men to grow moustaches or facial hair during the month of November, aiming to raise awareness and funds for men's health issues, particularly prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention. This creative initiative, born out of a desire to spark conversations around often overlooked health concerns, has evolved into a powerful force for positive change.
Throughout November, men grow moustaches to become walking, talking billboards for men's health. The moustache becomes a symbol, a visual cue prompting discussions on topics that men sometimes find challenging to address. It serves as a catalyst for dialogue about the importance of regular health check-ups, early cancer detection, and mental well-being. So if you’re feeling down, need to get something off your chest or just want to reach out to that friend you’ve been worried about, please know that you can.
Movember is not just about facial hair; it's a movement that harnesses the power of community and fundraising to drive real impact. The funds raised through Movember support various charities and initiatives that focus on research, education, and support programs. These efforts aim to improve the lives of men affected by health issues and work towards reducing the stigma surrounding mental health.
Raising Money for a Good Cause!
Charities associated with Movember fund groundbreaking research to develop innovative treatments and interventions. They also invest in educational programs to promote preventive measures and early detection strategies. Additionally, a significant portion of the funds goes towards supporting mental health initiatives, recognizing the interconnectedness of physical and mental well-being.
Movember has successfully cultivated a global network of participants, supporters, and partner organisations. Beyond the moustache-growing aspect, participants organise and engage in various fundraising activities, such as runs, charity events, and workplace challenges (like the ones you saw us do when we allowed the students of UL choose our facial hair!), creating a sense of camaraderie in the pursuit of a common goal.
In essence, Movember goes beyond the superficial act of growing facial hair; it's a movement that encourages men to take charge of their health, seek support when needed, and collectively work towards a future where preventable health issues no longer threaten the well-being of men worldwide.
How To Get Involved?
For more information on Movember and how to donate to this great cause, you can visit Movember Ireland.