Close shave for Newcastle College boss

Posted On 3rd December 2013 By Nichola Taylor

The end of November resulted in a close shave for a Newcastle College boss, but all in the aid of a men’s health charity.

Robin Ghurbhurun, Deputy Principal at the college, pledged to support Movember, a national charity that raises awareness and funds for testicular cancer, prostate cancer and men’s mental health issues. Along with staff across the College, Mr Ghurbhurun grew a moustache throughout November, but also pledged to shave his head if he could raise £300.

Local entrepreneur, Ammar Mirza, heard about Robin’s pledge and, with a day to go, made a significant contribution which helped him to exceed his target and raise £390. Robin took to the barber’s chair and as promised shaved off all of his hair.

Commenting on why he chose to support this cause, Mr Mirza said: “I just felt that Robin had made a tremendous effort and needs to be commended in raising awareness and critical funds for cancer. Having lost both parents to cancer, I know how tragic it can be. By raising the profile and understanding of cancer, Robin has made a significant contribution to men’s wellbeing. Making a donation is easy, giving up your hair is incredible. Well done Robin. ”

The College chose to support Movember as part of its commitment to staff wellbeing. Individuals and teams from across the organisation grew moustaches and organised events and activities to raise money and awareness. So far the College has raised over £1300. In October, staff also supported Wear it Pink day and raised over £650.

Mr Ghurbhurun said: “The College is proud to support charitable causes, especially those that link in with our commitment to staff wellbeing. Colleagues across the college have made a tremendous effort to support Wear it Pink and Movember and raise vital funds that can help with research and raising awareness.

He added: “As a society we need to be open about these issues which affect millions of people each year. These charities work to save lives and I am delighted that the money we have raised will benefit such fantastic causes.”