Harry Wells may be fiercely competitive on the field with Leicester Tigers but when it comes to Movember his priority is not on who raises the most money.
Instead, the 24-year-old is hoping to raise awareness of the Movember Foundation and the various causes it continues to support to improve men’s health in the UK.
This is the second year Wells will be leading the charge for Leicester Tigers, choosing to shave his already well-stocked facial hair into an unusual Mo rather than starting from scratch.
Fellow Leicester Tigers Sam Harrison, George Worth, Gareth Owen and George Catchpole are all involved at Welford Road to get more people speaking about men’s health.
“I was captain last year and we are trying to raise awareness primarily, games are on TV so we can raise awareness not just money which does help but that’s not the be all and end all,” Wells said.
“I personally enjoy it, last year was my first as captain and it was something I naturally took on. To be fair I cheated and shaved it in on the first as I already had a beard.
“It’s about raising awareness. The longer you have it on, the more focus you get, people will ask questions and get curious.”
The Movember movement began in 2003 and has since become a global phenomenon with over five million people worldwide supporting it since its inception.
📸 We caught up with Tigers #Movember Captain Harry Wells after yesterday’s match for an update.
— Leicester Tigers (@LeicesterTigers) November 5, 2017
The partnership between the foundation and Premiership Rugby sees 12 Movember captains – one selected from each Aviva Premiership Rugby club – helping inspire players and supporters from the rugby community to get behind the month-long initiative.
Last year, the Leicester Tigers team raised £755 and have already surpassed £200 this year.
But Wells is hoping his and his team-mates efforts can spark conversions among players and fans and unite them to helping to stop men dying too young.
“As soon as you get a conversation going you take the cause and the benefits, whether it’s mental health or men’s health, and create more awareness,” he added.
It’s that time of year again, I’m growing my MO in support of @MovemberUK
— Harry Wells (@Harrywells93) November 1, 2017
“You raise a lot of awareness on issues that are not spoken about and if more people understand them, the easier it will be for people to come forward in the future.
“It’s a great cause and I think it is important to do your bit for others. It’s important as many people as possible get on board.”