Ben Gill donates his face to charity…
As this is my first blog article I feel that I should introduce myself. So, without wanting this to sound like an insert on a dating website or an episode of Blind Date, here goes…
Hi, I’m Ben, I’m 25 years old and I’m from Wiltshire! Oh dear, this is sounding like an introduction on Blind Date already… So I’ll be quick: I currently live in London, have just started on the TUI Travel Specialist & Activity Grad Scheme (2011 intake), previously studied BSc Environmental Science and International Development, have worked in the TV industry, for a couple of start-ups and for an events company. I love to travel and am always on the lookout for the next adventure… So pick me!
Anyway, enough of that, now you know who I am I can start this blog post properly. Last week, Laura Hampton (another 2011 Grad) persuaded me to donate my face to charity for a month. Unfortunately, the other male grads kept their heads in the sand, so it has transpired that I’ve committed myself to growing a moustache for the whole of November. On my own.
Admittedly, I’m terrified. I have never had a moustache before and have never wanted one. I am absolutely certain that I will look like a pervert and will probably lose most/all of my friends (hopefully only for a month). What’s more, I fear that my efforts to find a girlfriend before Christmas will be completely thwarted. The problem is moustaches just aren’t a good look anymore, something that the Movember movement are determined to change.
Movember began in Australia in 2003 in order to (according to their website) “raise money and awareness for men’s health”. In the UK, they support the 1st and 2nd most common type of male specific cancers – prostate and testicular cancer. A very, very noble and honourable cause. However, knowing the Aussies I would bet you 5 schooners that it was dreamt up by a couple of mates who thought it’d be a laugh to grow a “mo”.
Since it’s humble beginnings of 30 participants in 2003, Movember has grown at an exponential rate. Last year 450,000 people took part, raising £48,500,000 for charity. Since 2003, Movember has raised a staggering £106,000,000. As I’m sure you’ll agree, this is a fantastic achievement for a cause which is very much worth supporting.
So I’m in. I’ve got permission from my current boss, warned my friends and promised Laura that I’ll do it. I’ve even announced it to John Wimbleton (to a look of bemusement) and so now feel obliged, no, determined to see it through.
Over the next month I will be updating this blog with photos of my mo’s development and occasional anecdotes about how a moustache has changed my life. I hope you find it entertaining, have sympathy for me and donate as much as you can toward this extremely worthy cause.
Mover and out.
P.S. You can donate here: http://mobro.co/BenjaminGill. Thanks.