Student Rugby Club Raises £34,000 for Charity
Eighty student rugby players had their heads shaved in Glasgow to raise more than £34,000 for Cancer Research UK.
The Big Tech Shave saw members of University of Strathclyde Rugby Football Club given buzz cuts by Primo Gentlemen’s Barbers on Thursday 15 February as they smashed their original fundraising target of £5000.
The idea for the mass shave started when a first-year player shaved his head to spread awareness of cancer due to personal reasons. The club committee was then inspired to organise the fundraising campaign for Cancer Research UK.
Jonny Wright, Strathclyde Rugby social secretary, said: “I proposed to the committee that we make this a club-wide cause, and it was quickly made clear how many people are affected by cancer.
“Cancer Research UK notably make great efforts to support the families of those affected. We felt the money would be used well here.”
On Friday 2 February, the club announced their plans for Big Tech Shave with an initial target of £5000. Within a day, almost £2000 had been raised and Cancer Research UK had tweeted their support of the fundraising efforts.
As the fundraising campaign developed, more team members signed up and donations increased. It was also gaining traction online, with Scottish Rugby also tweeting their support.
Strathclyde Rugby’s publicist, Michael Sinclair, was thrilled with the social media backing: “It’s absolutely awesome [getting support from Cancer Research UK and Scottish Rugby]. The way the boys got behind the whole thing has been incredible and I think those organisations recognised that club commitment.”
More than £1000 was raised on the night, as barbers from Primo shaved the heads of 80 team members four at a time on stage, with the club surpassing its revised target of £25000.
Reflecting on the event, Wright said: I’m very happy with how it all went. It was a great cause and the night ran very smoothly; I think everyone who came enjoyed themselves.”
Habbi Liton, President of the University of Strathclyde Sports Union, has been a rugby player throughout his time at Strathclyde and joined in the mass shave. He said: “Over the six years I’ve been at the club, I’ve been fortunate to be with such a great bunch of lads. But over the last few weeks, I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud.”
Cancer Research UK put funds towards scientists and medical staff in the fight against cancer, while also providing the public with information about the disease. Head shaving is one of a number of suggestions on their list of fundraising ideas.
Strathclyde Rugby’s JustGiving page is still live as they look to reach their new target of £35000 from the Big Tech Shave.