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Posted on: August 1st 2018

OS Takes to the Saddle for Huge Charity Challenge

The hairy handlebarsWe are very proud to support OS George Cullen (WH, SUH, 00-11) as he undertakes a huge charity fundraising challenge. Formerly a professional rugby player and currently working for a London based sports consultancy, George is going to be a familiar face on campus in the autumn as he returns to the College to support our Director of Rugby, Andre Beukes with training the 1st XV team alongside his city-based work commitments.

A challenge that is well over a year in the making will see George and friend Ben Cook, cycle from London to Japan. You can follow their training and fundraising progress on Instagram at thehairyhandlebars We will follow their progress with great interest and please do support their fundraising efforts if you are able to do so. They are also keen to hear from anyone interested in exploring commercial sponsorship options. George writes:

‘In Spring 2019, myself and a friend, Ben Cook (a.k.a. “The Hairy Handlebars”), will be proudly raising funds for Movember by cycling from London to Japan, whilst growing rather outrageous moustaches in the process. The aim is to reach Japan by October - in time for the Rugby World Cup and a well-earned beer! We will cross the largest landmass on earth, pedaling over 6000 miles and passing through over 20 countries! 

In undertaking this challenge, we have officially linked up with The Movember Foundation, with a target of raising £30,000. It is the only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale, year-round, addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. *10% of all donations will go to a foundation set up in memory of Ian ‘BGI’ Williams to tackle cardiac and mental health problems in young athletes. Ian was a professional rugby player and dear friend of The Hairy Handlebars, who died suddenly in February 2018. The chance to carry on his legacy is a huge motivation for us. 

Any donations to these amazing causes would be hugely appreciated! We are also on the lookout for commercial sponsors to help us complete the trip. If you or your company would like to link up with us then we would be all ears (and moustaches)- Please get in touch to find out more!

The Hairy Handlebars can be sponsored here and contacted through their website here.