Glasgow Marrow has released their annual naked calendar priced at £8 to fundraise for the Anthony Nolan blood cancer charity.
Earlier this month, the UofG student volunteer group Glasgow Marrow released their fifth annual Bare Bums calendar and will donate all proceeds from the calendar sales to Anthony Nolan. As the UK’s largest stem cell register, the charity aims to save the lives of people with blood cancer by recruiting potential stem cell donors.
Priced at £8 for one, or £7 if more than one is purchased, the calendar features various UofG sports teams who have bared-all exclusively in support of the cause. This year, the naked calendar includes men’s rugby, surfing, cycling, water polo & swimming, Muay Thai, wakeboarding, squash, triathlon, men’s hockey, fencing, pole dancing, and lacrosse.
The Senior Community Fundraiser at Anthony Nolan, Lawrie Mallyon, said: “The fundraising that University of Glasgow students are doing makes such a big difference. It costs £40 to recruit each person to the Anthony Nolan register, so fundraising is a vital part of our lifesaving work. The more fundraising we do, the more potential donors we can recruit onto the bone marrow register, and the more lives we can save.”
Lia Ritchie, the Co-Vice-President and Treasurer of Glasgow Marrow, told The Glasgow Guardian: “Our Bare Bums campaign has been a particularly effective way to raise awareness of Anthony Nolan as, with over 140 participants this year, it is a fun and memorable way to get a large number of people involved in fundraising for such an important cause. Lia added that “the naked calendar has made quite a name for itself amongst Glasgow University students with increasing amounts of sports clubs and members eager to participate.”
In addition to purchasing the calendar, Glasgow Marrow is encouraging students to sign up to become stem cell donors. In particular, the organisation is in search of young people who are male and/or from an ethnic minority background, as these donors are needed the most. During Hero Week, which took place at the UofG library in mid-November, the group recruited 158 potential stem cell donors.
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