Monday, 30 November 2009
Had a great lunchtime today - just over a month ago a colleague in CiCS decided that it would be a good idea to support the Movember charity where men grow a moustache during November and are sponsored to rise money for prostate cancer research. He asked for members of the department to join him, and soon he had a team of 11 brave men (the CiCS Mo Brotherhood) who started their Mos on 1 November and began fundraising. Today being the last day of Movember, we had a lunchtime fund raiser, to boost their sponsorship and also to raise money for a local charity - the Cavendish Centre.
People donated raffle prizes - and what prizes - homemade and beautifully decorated Christmas cakes, a box full of home grown veg from an allotment, books, chocolates, champagne, whiskey, an iPod. They also persuaded suppliers to donate prizes - including digital photo frames, a TomTom and a DVD home cinema system. A request for cakes for the lunch table generated the most amazing array of home baked cakes. And of course, we saw the 11 Mos in all their glory and awarded prizes to Ian for being team leader, and Bob for the best Mo. One very important Mo was missing - Ian, the team leader and the person behind it all, couldn't attend for family reasons - such a shame and I'm sure when you see his picture at the bottom of this he would have been in with a chance for best Mo!
So far, the team have raised over £1400 in sponsorship (it's not too late to donate here), and in raffle ticket sales and contributions for lunch, we raised £800 this lunchtime. Fantastic effort - well done everyone - I'm proud to be part of the department.