Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Mustaches for charity

SAIS Bologna students grew mustaches, played touch football and tackled trivia questions last month as part of a global initiative to combat cancer.

The charitable impulse is common at SAIS, where international concerns are intrinsic to the curriculum and on the minds of students, faculty and staff. But Bologna Center students resorted to a mix of unusual techniques in November to raise $1,450 in the fight against prostrate and testicular cancer.

Twenty-five students participated in the SAIS BC Movember Movement, growing mustaches and then having them shaved off by donors as part of the global Movember initiative.

Waiting for a trim
The group, captained by David Gorgani, will be publishing a "glaMOur" calendar to attract more donations to support the campaign to raise awareness of men's health issues.

A mustachioed Joshua Simonidis was master-of-ceremonies at Trivia Night which drummed up additional donations from several dozen students and stumped participating teams with questions such as:

"Which countries in South America do not have Spanish as an official language?"
"Who was the first Secretary-General of the United Nations?"
"What famous mustached man did not believe in ocular revenge?"
"Which SAIS staff member translated a novel that was adapted into a film with Penelope Cruz?"

The winning team of Brad Folta, Joseph Geni, Danny Wessler and Ellen Wong donated most of their winnings to the Movember movement. A touch football tournament raised funds for both the Movember movement and the SAIS Bologna Thanksgiving dinner.

The Movember calendar is expected to go on sale later this month. Donations are still open at http://us.movember.com/team/753317.

(Thanks to Marwa Abdou for the photographs.)

Posing for the glaMOur calendar

The mustachioed with their donor supporters,
minutes before the end of the mustaches
Nelson Graves

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