In the UK we already have national charity campaigns such as Children in Need and Text Santa, but is it individual activities that are getting more people involved with raising money for charity?
More and more students at UCLan are getting involved in charity events from cake sales to charity gigs.
Movember, if you haven’t already heard, is an event where people grow moustaches for charity. So far the community has raised over £345 million to help improve the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.
In the past decade over 4 million people have participated in the event. The campaign runs every year in 21 different countries, including right here in Preston.
We spoke to Tom Brough, second year fire and leadership student, at the start of November about his plans for Movember, and now we are near the end he speaks to Pluto again.
Tom has raised £37 so far for the charity. “I feel like the event was a lot of fun, and even though I would liked to have raise more money but there is only a certain amount of money I can get off of students,” said Tom.
“I prefer having facial hair.” Tom told us. After having a beard for years before the moustache it was hard for him to start the process with a clean shave, but he has enjoyed the experience and has not been tempted shave once.
“I like having the moustache it’s a lot of fun to experiment with,” said Tom. Although he wouldn’t normally grow a moustache he is considering keeping it. But a beard feels like a more comfortable option.
You can still donate to the charity all year round in aid of men’s health problems. To find out more about the cause visit http://uk.movember.com/