21 December 2011

RMIT keeps stiff upper lip

RMIT University has come second in the Movember Uni Challenge, a national contest between Australian universities.

Craig Douglas with Lauren Treby

Lauren Treby presents the Most Impressive and Creative Mo Cultivator Award to Craig King.


Chris Hughes won the Albert Einstein Award for the Best Mo in Education.

Movember involves men growing moustaches from scratch during November to raise money for charities and competing in some healthy rivalry.

RMIT raised an impressive $15,611 for the cause, while the University of Canberra came first with $16,138 and Monash University third with $11,981.

Bundoora Student Services were named the 2011 RMIT mo-ffice champions for the best decorated Movember-inspired workplace.

Student Ambassador Jack Finkelde was recognised for his fundraising efforts alongside the Mo Bro and Mo Sister champions from other universities.

Staff Ambassador, Executive Director, Marketing and Communications, Cratis Hippocrates, raised more than $1,900, while Sports and Recreations casual Chris Hughes took out the Albert Einstein Award for Best Moustache in Education.

David Towl, Health Promotion Officer with Student Services - Wellbeing, commended Student Services, Human Resources and City Fitness staff for providing support throughout November.

"Also, let's thank the Disability Liaison Unit and Study and Learning Centre staff for donning fake moustaches and hosting a Movember morning tea for a gold coin donation," he said.

RMIT celebrated with an end-of-Movember event at Pearson & Murphy's café on the City campus. The café supported men's health by donating $2 from every drink bought on the night to the RMIT team.

Across Australia, participating universities raised $102,521 towards prostate cancer research and programs dealing with men's depression.

Bundoora Student Services Officer, decorated for Movember

Bundoora Student Services earned the title of mo-office champions for the best decorated Movember-inspired workplace. From left: Lauren Axelsen, Elizabeth Matjacic, Robin Turner, Ailsa Lord, Kristina Meskovski.

Attendees at the Movember party

Kristina Meskovski, Sarah Dealy-Castle, Leanne Clancy and Clare Ong enjoy a Movember party.

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