Movember - raising awareness of men's health
Over the past five years, the funds raised by the Movers & Growers from the Conway Mo' team have contributed to Movember Ireland's ability to funding innovative programmes fast tracking prostate and testicular cancer research, and helping those diagnosed to navigate their cancer journeys.
Spearheaded by Prof. Bill Watson and Amanda O'Neill, UCD Conway Institute and UCD School of Medicine, Movember activities have focused on raising awareness of men's health while having some fun with colleagues; from monitoring weekly hair growth in the Conway Mo' team, going under the barber's blade for public shave-offs, leading weekly lunchtime woodland walks, providing content for Twitter campaigns or baking up a storm for the now-legendary bake sale.
This year's activities went virtual with a Mo' mask competition judged by Lorna Donlon, UCD Conway artist-in-residence. Prof. Liam Gallagher was awarded 1st prize with runner-up prizes for Dr Maria Prencipe, Dr Debra Higgins and Elaine Quinn. Patient advocate, John Wall narrowly missed out but his digital masks did not meet 'The Rule' on function over style! Movember Ireland sponsored prizes of branded merchandise. Prof. Cormac Taylor performed his original song, 2020 Blues at the Zoom Movember event.
The Conway Mo' crew teamed up with colleagues in UCD School of Medicine Equality, Diversity & Inclusion committee to bring together favourite recipes from gentlemen cooks across the UCD School of Medicine and the Institute; from PhD students to professors. This special Movember cookbook entitled, Cook Like a Man was launched by Assoc. Prof. Marguerite Clyne, EDI Chair at the event. The concept was also to mark International Men's Day (18 Nov) during Movember.
The cookbook is available for download and any donations towards the Movember fundraising will be grateful accepted. We hope they will make you smile, tempt you to reach for your apron and, importantly, to donate what you can to support men's health research.
As of November 30, the Conway Mo' team have raised €835 for men's health research. This is contributing to the overall UCD Challenge for Movember, currently standing at €75,414.