THE University of Limerick’s Movember campaign has exceeded expectations this year raising over €4,100 for men’s cancer research and mental health funds.
The annual campaign asks locals to grow a moustache during the month of a November to raise funds for charity.
Campaign manager, Tariq El Masri was very enthusiastic with the success of the campaign this year.
Speaking to Limerick Voice, he revealed: “I had set a target of €1618 and we ended up raising two and half times that amount. I was so proud to see us beat the target so many times.”
Commenting on how Movember raises awareness of issues such as men’s mental heath and cancer, Tariq said: “It’s massively important. Even the littlest of interactions with Movember get people talking about a culture that they wouldn’t normally talk about.”
As part of the campaign, the organisers at UL hosted a number of fundraising events. A pub quiz, held last Thursday, wrapped up the month’s activities raising over €450 euro, partially through sponsorships.
Elsewhere in Limerick, Cian Ferriter of Intel Shannon joined forces with his coworkers to raise €381 in their own Movember campaign.
Through raffles and a poker night, Cian and his fellow employees managed to far exceed their target of €100. The funds raised will be donated to Irish Prostate Cancer Outcomes Research and the Prostate Cancer Psychosocial Education Programme.
Cian originally got involved with the fundraising efforts when he was approached by his coworkers who wanted to start a company Movember team.
Commenting on why he decided to join in, Cian said: “I think that bringing this into the workplace is a nice way of getting more people involved who wouldn’t have otherwise heard of Movember, or wouldn’t want to raise money on their own.
“For me, it’s most powerful at drawing attention to and talking more about mental health issues and suicide. I think talking more about these things is a positive thing and partaking in Movember allows more of those conversations to happen,” Cian added.