MOVEMBER PARTNERSHIP

In September 2018, The Harlequins Foundation and The Movember Foundation announced a long-term partnership that will see them team up for a joint initiative committed to help rugby fans, and the wider community, live happier, healthier and longer lives.

The partnership brings together a joint ambition between the Club and the Foundations to address the issues around men’s health and provide information and guidance on what to do when health suffers. The funds raised will be invested into projects aimed at parents, coaches and young men, all delivered through the Harlequins Foundation.

Owen Sharp, CEO of the Movember Foundation said: “We are delighted to be announcing this partnership after working closely with Harlequins in an unofficial capacity for many years. In working together, we aim to positively impact the lives of the many men and women that support Harlequins and the wider community.”

Marc Leckie, Head of the Harlequins Foundation said: “As a Foundation we are committed to making a positive change in our community’s health, both locally and globally. We are confident that this partnership will inspire, educate and equip men to invest in their own wellbeing. We want to stop men dying too young.”

Mark Lambert Harlequins player added: “There is a stereotype of rugby players being tough, strong, silent types, and there is now a chance for us to challenge stigma around men sharing their thoughts and being open about their health. All of our players at Harlequins are proud to support this partnership and understand the importance of being a man of more words to become a happier, healthier person.”

You can sign up and donate to the Harlequins team on Movember.com https://moteam.co/harlequin-f-c

To learn more about the ‘Man of More Words’ campaign and how you can effectively help the men in your life to open up visit www.movember.com/iwanttoask.

To launch the partnership, the Harlequins team has taken part in the Movember Foundation’s ‘Be a Man of More Words’ campaign to raise awareness for World Suicide Prevention Day. Star players Dave Ward, Danny Care, Joe Marler and Mark Lambert feature in an emotive video encouraging men across the UK to open up and speak more about their mental health. The players talk openly and honestly about their own personal experiences, addressing issues of anger, anxiety, depression and suicide.