For those who have escaped the many social media posts about Movember and Februhairy, they are months of fundraising during which individuals take on challenges for charity. Movember’s popularity has grown massively in recent years as men grow moustaches to raise money for men’s health charities. This year women have claimed Februhairy. The brainchild of the St Andrews Feminist Society, Feminist February, raised funds for the Fife Rape and Sexual Assualt Centre (FRASAC)
The society committee and members undertook various challenges, and they were definitely creative. Co-Presidents Elena Ewence and Leonor Capelier tackled the North Sea in the coldest month of the year. The Co-Presidents were joined by other members in their daily dips, ranging from a toe-dip to full swims in 6°C water. Committee Secretary, Taba Bevan, walked 100km in the month. Other members focused their challenges on creative pursuits. Caitlin Ridgway and Trish Tennant wrote poetry and performed songs to raise awareness of sexual assault. While Emma MacLaren accepted various dares, including dyeing her hair and creating a Sk8ter Boi dance video. All of these activities paralleled the Februhairy challenge to grow your body hair for the whole month. The challenges pushed the physical and creative limits of the brave ladies, in addition to societal beauty expectations.
All of these challenges were completed as a charitable mission. All of the sponsorship donations were given to FRASAC, the rape and sexual assault centre that serves the St Andrews community and wider Fife. The centre offers free, confidential support services to anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted at some point in their life. FRASAC’s services are provided to anyone, regardless of gender or sexuality. As an independent, voluntary organisation FRASAC depends entirely on donations for its funding.
The success of this fundraising effort is a testament to the St Andrews community. After setting a modest target of £200, the Feminist Society smashed through three additional targets. At the time of printing, the Feminist February JustGiving page has reached £2020 in donations. The month-long challenge has been an unqualified success and will surely continue for many years to come.
If you have been affected by the issues discussed in this article, you or someone you have agreed to can contact FRASAC at 01592 642336 or firstname.lastname@example.org.