Gloucester Rugby’s mo captain Jacob Rowan is determined to propel the Cherry & Whites up the Movember leaderboard, as the fundraising month draws to its conclusion.
Premiership Rugby’s Movember tally has already hit the £23,000 mark with time still left to raise more funds, and all 12 clubs are now frantically driving donations to finish with a flourish.
It is the 26-year-old flanker’s first year as Gloucester’s mo skipper, having assisted Richard Hibbard last year when the Cherry & Whites ended the month as the second-highest fundraisers behind Northampton Saints.
And while he admits his own tache still leaves plenty to be desired, Rowan’s teammates have got right behind the effort.
“Richard Hibbard and I did it as a joint effort last year, and all the boys have got involved again so it’s good for the team and a good laugh to look at everyone’s taches,” he said.
“But on a serious note, it’s a really important cause to raise awareness and raise some money as well.
“I’ve been brought up doing Movember. When I used to be at Leeds it was a big culture over there and the club would always do a big job for the whole month.
- The Movember Foundation is the only global charity focused solely on men’s health
- Men are dying too young, on average men die four years younger than women in the UK
- Premiership Rugby are urging rugby fans to join the Movember movement and take action.
- Support Jacob and his Gloucester Rugby team mates for their mo growing efforts here
“So it feels good to carry that on and for it to be so well received down here as well.
“My Mo in particular is always pretty average, but Paddy McAllister’s got a good tache going and I’ll also say Sione Kalamafoni is going well too.
“There’s only a few days left now, and we’ll have a good bash at it now and try to get ourselves up the fundraising table.”
To date, the Movember Foundation has funded over 1,200 men’s health programmes around the world, focusing primarily on prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide prevention.
None of this can happen without the incredible community of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas, and Premiership Rugby is supporting the Movember Foundation to create a Mo League.
Gloucester, alongside the other 11 Premiership Rugby clubs, are helping to spread the word by grooming weird and wonderful moustaches throughout the month of November.
And Rowan has turned his own twitter page into an auction-centre, with fans bidding for a host of Gloucester and England Rugby merchandise with all proceeds going on the Movember tally.
He added: “We’ve been trying to raise money in a lot of different ways, and we’ve had a bit of an auction with a few shirts being signed.
“A new restaurant has opened in Gloucester that kindly offered a meal for four people which went down well too.
“Jonny May kindly donated an England shirt from the South Africa game that was signed by the whole team, so the more we can do and the more we can raise, the better.”