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Stubbly Saints: Hilda’s raises over £8000 for Movember

first_imgThe success of the campaign is largely attributable to the college’s community-based approach. Almost every part of college was involved, from bar management to SCR members. Spurred on by “Hairy Hildabeast” social media accounts, the college managed to foster a sense of inclusion and excitement, regardless of moustache growing ability, gender, job or college role. Kamran Sharifi, the college’s Movember rep, describes how the movement grew from a handful of stubbly students to a college-culture phenomenon. Overshooting the University-wide goal of 15 Moustaches per college team, Sharifi drummed up a force of 40 moustache-growers. “The more people who agreed to it the better, because then you feel like you’re part of something … It was almost like a trendy thing to do by the end of it.” In response to these briefs, students at Hilda’s banded together to spontaneously create a whole program for Movember. From individuals taking on 60km runs and shaving their heads, to whole-college events like jazz nights, moustache-themed Shakespeare renditions and a non-stop 60-hour relay run. Moustaches made a moneymaking come-back for charity last month. St. Hilda’s College, taking part in Movember for the first time, has reportedly raised more money than any other individual college in the charity month’s history. The college collected £8,939.60 in donations, over £4000 more than the next most Movember-friendly college, Teddy Hall. On top of fundraising events, the college hosted talks by charities like Restore and Mind, first aid courses and personal stories of students’ experiences with cancer and mental health. Another is ‘Move’, a challenge to move 60km in any way possible. This is partly to promote the benefits of physical exercise for mental well-being. Mainly, however, it’s to spread awareness of the statistic that every hour across the globe, an average of 60 men commit suicide. The third action, ‘Moment’, encourages impactful awareness events such as mental health talks. Of course, not everyone could grow a moustache. Movember encourages three different types of actions for their donation and awareness movement. Only one is bringing back the eighties for a month. Originally established as a women’s college, Sharifi notes that “Hilda’s is founded by people with a really acute awareness of the role of gender in society and culture and how it can be harmful to people. And that really is the basis of Movember. It encourages people, especially men, to talk about things that they’re going through, to open up to people, and not be afraid to admit they’re having a hard time. It breaks down gender stereotypes.” He is confident the movement will have a lasting effect on college awareness of mental health and create a culture of looking out for each other in and beyond colleges.last_img read more

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Gordon Polson, director, Federation of Bakers

first_imgThe price of bread is a topic that’s been hitting the news headlines for some time now and it’s a subject that is likely to continue to gain column inches.Wheat is the main issue, with low stocks and weather problems leading to rising prices which are impacting bakers. Rising energy costs for electricity, gas and road fuel are also contributing to the necessity for bakers to recover some of the growing production costs they face.World wheat production has lagged behind consumption for five out of the last six years. Poor wheat harvests in the US, the EU, Australia and Canada have increased the cost of wheat and the recent flooding in the UK may also have an impact.At the end of the year world cereal stocks are forecast to fall to just nine weeks, which means it would not take much increase in demand or shortage of production to use up that buffer. With world corn stocks also falling the situation is being exacerbated.Biofuels add an interesting dimension to the issue. To reach the government’s target of at least 5% of the UK’s vehicle fuel coming from biofuels by 2010, there will be a significant impact on demand for grain.Meanwhile demand for farm commodities such as wheat is increasing from countries such as India and China.The combined result of the current situation is that bakers are facing greatly increased production costs, which will have to be recovered somehow.last_img read more

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