EngSoc fundraises for Movember

Movember Committee expands outreach to all Queen’s faculties 

The committee aims to raise $8,000 through Movember donations.
The Engineering Society (EngSoc)’s Movember committee wants to raise over $10,000 this month for men’s health and reach all faculties.
 
The committee has been fundraising for the Movember Foundation since 2014, which donates to over 1,200 charities focusing on men’s health—such as the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation. This year, EngSoc is hoping to grow the initiative from “EngSoc’s Movember” to Queen’s Movember, allowing students from all faculties to participate. 
 
Last year, the committee raised $10,000. This year, they’re trying to surpass this amount.
 
“This is very important for the Queen’s community as there are thousands of young men attending Queen’s, and many of the health issues Movember works toward improving are very prevalent with young men,” Co-Chairs Grayson Udvari, Sci ’24, and Andy Collishaw, Sci ’25, said in a statement to The Journal.
 
Movember takes place each November and works to improve widespread issues among men. A few of its pillars are suicide prevention, mental health, and testicular cancer.
 
“Mental health is rarely talked about, especially with men at this age, so starting the conversation is one thing that needs to be done,” Udvari and Collishaw said.
 
“Knowing about the health challenges young men face, especially on a university campus, is the first step in ensuring their health and safety.”
 
The committee hopes to raise $2,000 through events and fundraisers throughout the month. They’re setting up a booth at various times at the ILC in Beamish-Munro Hall, with more information about dates and times on their Instagram account.
 
The Tea Room is selling ‘Movember Mochas’ this month, donating one dollar to Movember for each mocha bought. CoGro is accepting donations in varying amounts for Movember, upon request when purchasing orders.
 
The committee is also facilitating an event at Stages Nightclub; they’re selling line-skip tickets for five dollars on Nov. 26 to raise money for Movember. 
 
At Clark Hall Pub, the Movember is selling fake moustaches in a donate-what-you-can format at the door on Nov 18.
 
The Movember committee hopes to raise the remaining $8,000 through its fundraising page on the Movember website, where those interested can donate.
 
Udvari and Collishaw said, over the last two-year, fundraising has primarily been over the Movember platform. During COVID-19, EngSoc held fundraising events such as the Movember Ritual and Movember Mochas with fewer people and “stricter rules.”
 
The committee urged Queen’s students to get involved by checking out their Instagram account, which shares event updates and ongoing initiatives throughout November.
 

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