- Published: 12 December 2016
Otto Haas from the School of English at Sussex Coast College Hastings has raised £400 for the Movember Foundation charity.
Otto grew his moustache throughout November, and with support from friends, family, staff and students managed to smash his original target of £200 to raise double that amount.
On average, men die four years earlier than women, and the foundation aims to encourage more men to live healthy lives and be more open when talking about health problems.
Otto said: “Thank you very much to everyone who supported and contributed to this great cause. Supporting the Movember Foundation is something that is close to my heart. The charity aims to prevent men dying too young and one of the biggest causes of death in young men is suicide. I was staggered to find out that 78% of all suicides are men and 13 men commit suicide in the UK every day.
"Men often think it's weak to talk about their feelings and can have a tendency to bottle things up until they 'snap'. We need to encourage men to talk to each other and remove the stigma around mental health issues, anxiety and depression. I know that this money raised is going to a great cause and will make a difference in the fight to lower the rate of male suicide.”
It is the third year that Otto has supported Movember, and he has raised almost £900 to date. You can still donate to his fundraising page here: https://mobro.co/ottohaas