Three men show their Movember whiskers. From left are Ben Vickery, Simon Walsh and Ko Dae-ho. / Courtesy of Ben Vickery
By John Redmond
Seoul Survivors RFC, the oldest expat rugby club in Korea, founded in the late 1970s, is again participating in a charity fundraiser in support of Seondeok Orphanage.
Using the popular "Movember" fundraising concept, members of the rugby club took what was originally a men's health initiative and have aimed it at local charities.
"Traditionally Movember was to raise awareness for men's health, we have always chose to support more local charities," said Ben Vickory, a Movember representative.
Movember is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November.
It originated in Adelaide, South Australia, in 1999, when a group of young men came up with the idea of growing moustaches for charity in November.
The group started with 80 men and aimed to raise money for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals through selling T-shirts in what they termed "Growing whiskers for whiskers."The Seoul Survivors has been participating in the Movember campaign since 2009.
The annual campaigns have raised in excess of 10 million won which has been used to support the club's community work.
Last year the club made a substantial donation to the World Food Program, who in turn used the money to provide a North Korean kindergarten for orphans with a six-month supply of food aid. The main beneficiary of the money raised has been the Seoul-based Seondeok Orphanage.
"The orphanage provides shelter to some of Korea's most vulnerable citizens, orphaned girls ranging in age from infants to 18-year-olds. In the past the club has organized and funded events with the girls," said Vickery.
"Previous days out have included a sports and games day followed by a BBQ, a day at the movies, a visit to Seoul Zoo, and a Christmas party at an ice skating rink. These events have been enjoyed immensely by the girls, and have been very rewarding for the Survivors who attended."
The main sponsors are the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Scrooge Pub and Savills Korea. "We will be having a shave-off event to raise more cash on Dec. 1 from 7 p.m. at Scrooge Pub in Itaewon."
Scrooge Pub is located on the street behind the Hamilton Hotel and across from 3 Alley Pub/Sam Ryans. Leave Itaewon Station via exit 1 and walk straight and take a right at the second street to the foreigner food alley.