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GCC Movember Challenge

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Over the last week I have managed to coerce a group of the men’s senior teams to participate in this years ‘Movember’ challenge kicking off tomorrow. For those unaware, this is where men grow a moustache for the month of November to raise awareness for men’s health.

We have also decided that this is a good opportunity to build the club’s links with the local community and so I am delighted to announce that our fundraising efforts will be to support a local mental health charity called Oakleaf Enterprise ( They work in the community to help transform and rebuild lives who are battling with mental health. While not focused solely on men, as the traditional ‘Movember’ does, I am sure you will all agree that this is a truly worthwhile cause with closely aligned priorities; especially as we enter into a second lockdown this November.

One of Oakleaf’s support offerings are fitness classes conducted in a more comfortable environment to encourage those they are supporting to develop their physical fitness. However, these are costly and so we have agreed with Oakleaf that our fundraising target will be £640 – which would fund two months worth of classes.

While we hope that this is an achievable target, we don’t want to let them down and so would love to get as many of our members within the cricket club (players and families!) to take on this challenge with us to make sure we hit (and hopefully go beyond) our target. Even if you cannot grow a moustache, there are plenty of other ways to get involved – such as setting yourself a physical test or giving up something for the month. This light-hearted way of raising money is a wonderful thing that we can all get involved with during even more unsettling times this month. Let us get behind a great cause which has now become ever prevalent in our surrounding communities.

So If you fancy joining the challenge then we would love to have you on board. I will be coordinating our efforts and we have created a whatsapp group for those joining the team to keep track of everyone’s efforts and provide a bit of support throughout the month – just add yourself here:

Join GCC Movember WhatsApp group

If you aren’t able to participate then you can of course get behind those who are. Our just giving page is below for anyone who might be able to make a small contribution to our efforts.

More from me over the coming weeks and do keep an eye on our social media for progress reports throughout the month!

Best wishes,

Jonny Charles.