Movember Campaign at SHU Brings Recognition to Men’s Health Issues
Approximately 130 students at Sacred Heart University have committed to SHU’s Movember Campaign, designed to bring awareness to men’s health issues. Spearheaded by Ben Pryzby ‘13 and graduate student Olivia Kiraly, with the help of the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) group, the campaign is also raising money.
Pryzby and many other male students have been growing mustaches since the beginning of November to inspire questions and conversation about men’s health issues – in particular prostate cancer, but also testicular cancer and male depression.
He said students who signed up for Movember were asked to make a $20 donation. Some of that has been invested in the awareness portion of the campaign, but most will be donated to The Movember Foundation. The funds are directed to programs run by Movember and its men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG Foundation. Together, the three channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.
Since the beginning of the month, students who signed up have been eligible to win a daily raffle prize of dinners, tanning, gift cards and more that were donated by local merchants. In addition, a kickoff event at Roncalli Hall last week featured pizza, wings, subs, pulled pork sandwiches and Guinness-flavored ice cream from the Walnut Beach Creamery. A scavenger hunt is being planned to conclude the month’s activities, along with a finale party.
“This is the first year we have done a Movember campaign, and we got off to a late start with the hurricane, but we are creating a buzz,” Pryzby said. “Next year, the students in SIFE plan to get started much earlier and run a much bigger campaign.”