12 Dec 2017
Loughborough hall committees work together to raise almost £5,500 for the Movember Foundation
University hall committees came together last month to raise almost £5,500 for the Movember Foundation.
The idea to support the multinational charity - which addresses health issues faced by men such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health and suicide prevention – came from Hall Students Federation (HSF) President Rory Pears.
As well as raising money for a good cause, Rory wanted to bring together as many hall committee sections as possible and improve the way they work as team.
With help from HSF Vice-President Michael Bush, he launched the ‘Halls Do Balls’ fundraising challenge.
From embracing the 'tash' for the whole of November to organising quirky social events, students got on board with the idea and raised money for the Foundation in a variety of ways.
Intramural Sport (IMS) also ran its own social media competition and teams got involved by posting photos of their players donning funky facial hair.
It has now been revealed that the Halls Do Balls challenge raised a total of £5,486 and the top three fundraising halls were:
- Rigg-Rut £1,246
- Faraday £1,162
- David Collett (DC) £1,069
Rory Pears said: “It is the first time the hall system has done something like this and on this scale for the Movember Foundation, so to raise the money we did is a brilliant start.
“It was great to see some of the halls get creative and I hope the person that takes over as HSF President runs a similar campaign next year and raises even more money.”
Director of Student Services Dr Manuel Alonso said the challenge is “a great example of how students can work as a community to make a difference”.
Loughborough Students’ Union Rag Executive Officer Olumide Ojagbemi added: “I couldn’t be prouder of all the Loughborough halls who took part in Movember.
“Special mentions to DC, Faraday and Rigg-Rut - they smashed it.”