In the University of Kent, November is not November anymore; it’s Movember. This consists of a fundraiser to promote young men’s wellbeing or and reducing the suicide rate. The Movember Foundation is saving and improving men’s lives by organizing projects and events focused on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
The majority of the sports societies contributed to this cause with different events that all had the same purpose; collect money and raise awareness to support men’s health. UKC Tennis society was one of them. To support, they organised the event called “UKC Tennis 12 Hour Rally with Movember”, hosted by Movember outside the SU Shop.
This consisted in running a 12-hour rally. Yes, ladies and gentleman, that’s a whole 12 hours, starting at 8am. Again, yes, 8am in the morning, don’t they deserve a round of applause, don’t they? This took place at the University of Kent Plaza on the 23rd of November. They had a mini tennis court with baby rackets and sponge balls for people to join in and take a hit for Movember. You could even challenge some of the team players! To pick up the racket they just asked for a minimum donation of 50p. All of this money raised went to the Movember Foundation.
The best part was not only raising funds for the campaign but that everyone was welcomed, especially people who had never touched a racket before. This was as well a great opportunity to engage not only with sport but what might be a new society to join.
Beverly [fake name], who’s part of UKC Tennis Society said: “It was so much fun! As I’m not too good at tennis, I was never sure if I should join their playing sessions. I was happy they organized this event as I got to know them better by helping a good cause, all at the same time! Will definitely give tennis and their coaching sessions a chance”.
If you haven’t already, participate in this cause by checking all of the other events by other sports societies. As the Movember Foundation says “It only happens because of people like you”. UKC Tennis have stated that Their Mo-tivation was: “We're raising funds and awareness this Movember for all the dads, brothers, sons and mates in our lives. We need your help. Please donate to support men's health”.
This can be found in their team’s Mo Space: