This Movember the men of Hackney RFC are growing, grooming, trimming and waxing for Skrum. A number of the club's members will be growing lip warming soup strainers during November, and we would love you to get involved. You can support these moustachio'd heroes by donating to our chosen cause here. Or you can join us, stop shaving that upper lip and send this round to your friends and family.

We know Movember officially has it's own cause, but here at Hackney we've chosen to dedicate our moustaches and fundraising efforts to a cause a little closer to our hearts, and one we believe is well worth supporting and that offers a real chance to make a tangible difference to the lives of some of the world's most vulnerable children: Skrum.

About The Cause

Skrum is dedicated to improving the lives of some of the world's poorest and most vulnerable children, using rugby to help spread awareness of STIs and in particular HIV/AIDS and keep them in education.

HIV/AIDS is a enormous problem in parts of Africa, destroying a terrifying number of lives. Skrum began its work in Swaziland, a country with a population of 958,000 and an HIV/AIDS infection rate of 42%. 42%! This staggering infection rate is the primary cause of an average life expectancy of 32 and has left 31% of all young people either vulnerable or orphaned. Skrum get's into schools, providing free rugby classes and offering sexual awareness education. As a result of Skrum's work rugby is the fastest growing sport in Swaziland, and hopefully the growing HIV/AIDS rate and associated problems can be tackled.

A Hackney Player and a New Mission for SKRUM

In 2012 Skrum are expanding beyond Swaziland, and Hackney RFC are incredibly proud that the charities work in Lesotho will be led by a former player, Dan Aylward.

Dan's been a hugely committed member of the club since he joined, and has certainly got the energy and enthusiasm needed to make this project work. He's got his work cut out, but we're in no doubt that Dan will help Skrum meet their target of reaching 12,000 children in each country they work in, helping spread awareness of this issue and education that can combat it, while passing his love and whole hearted commitment to the game onto a new generation of players.

This year our fundraising efforts will go towards supporting Dan and this utterly incredible cause. We hope you'll join us. 

Thanks All at Hackney RFC