Here at Newcastle University Rugby League, we have been participating in Movember for over 5 years, growing Mos for our best bros. When a former member had a testicular cancer scare, we felt it even more important to spread awareness and information about how to look after yourself and others. Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK and so in participating in Movember we aim to encourage speaking openly about men's mental health. The club raised £1350 for Movember this year.
In Lockdown 1 the lads ran for the length of Britain, 874 miles, raising £876 in support of our NHS during such a difficult period. This initiative helped everyone stay fit when it was hard to stay motivated and aimed to appreciate our hard-working NHS staff.
As a club we were also moved by the Story of Rub Borrow, Leeds Rhinos legend who most of us grew up watching, and his battle with MND. MND affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK, has no cure and before stories like Robs had little awareness. Robs resilience, perseverance and strength is something that represents the great rugby league family and everything we strive for as a club.
Such a fundraiser once again gave all the boys a great motive to stay fit during this tough lockdown whilst raising £2000 for the great cause, the MND Association. All the charity fundraisers we've taken on this year helped us to keep in touch all the way from Old Boys to Freshers and made everyone proud to be a member of NURL.