Second-year MBA candidate Roshy Rajan heard “Movember” calling. Movember is a nation-wide annual event involving the growing of facial hair during the month of November to raise awareness for many serious health issues, including prostate cancer and other male cancers, and associated charities.
He committed to growing a moustache and recruited a coalition consisting of 45 Tepper School MBA candidates to participate in the “no-shave” pledge and to help raise funds for the cause. At the onset, the group set a goal to raise $5,000 in donations for men’s health.
Through fundraising events and the participants’ personal and professional networks, they have raised more than $3,500 in the first 3½ weeks and are hoping for a Thanksgiving holiday push to meet their goal. One of the more notable events was a “Moustache Bake Sale” at the Tepper School of Business, which served to both raise funds for their cause and solicit additional support from the student population at Carnegie Mellon University.
As part of their efforts, the Tepper MBA candidates are also participating in the Inter-Business School Movember MBA Challenge. In their first year of participating, they are currently ranked among the top 10 MBA teams.
The Tepper School of Business community has come together to support the team over the past few weeks. “Everyone including the faculty, staff, alumni, students and our future employers have supported us by either growing a moustache or making a donation for this great cause,” Rajan said.