Sports students get their kits off for local mental health charity

Sports club members and staff at RGU: SPORT have published a naked charity calendar to raise funds for local charity, Mental Health Aberdeen (MHA).  

The calendar, which features a series of light-hearted yet tastefully arranged photographs, is now on sale at the University’s sport facility, RGU: SPORT and RGU Union. It is priced at £10 for the general public and £8 for students.

Now in its second year of production, the charity calendar is put together by a team of staff and students from the University’s sport facility. Key players include: Sport assistants Richard Forte and John Price who arranged the design, photography and creative vision of the calendar; Lisa Leonard (also a sport assistant) who coordinated the various clubs involved; and Vice President of Sport, Nicola Scott, who managed the whole process.  
Throughout October, 100 willing male and female subjects from across the University’s portfolio of sports clubs gathered to take part in a series of naked photo shoots for the fundraising effort.  

Clubs that were involved in the shoots include the University’s football, rugby, cheerleading, swimming and hockey teams.  The photo shoots were carried out in closed and secured settings to protect the public and also to calm the nerves of participants.         

Men’s Football club member, Calum Cruickshank, said: “It is great to get involved with something that is for such a good cause. It was great fun to do and the team look forward to getting involved again next year.”

Sponsorship for the calendar has been provided by the University’s Student Services department.  Funds have been put towards the printing of 500 calendars, which are being provided at a vastly reduced rate by the University’s print and design facility, The Gatehouse.  

Nicola Scott, Vice President for Sports commented: “It was great to have a dedicated team working on the calendar this year as well as all the sports teams wanting to get involved. It has been a really interesting project and we hope that the calendar aids support and raises awareness of mental health issues amongst the student and wider population.”

The calendars, which have been priced at £10 for the general public and £8 for students, are now available at RGU: SPORT at the University’s Garthdee campus. Proceeds are being donated directly to MHA.     


Notes to editors

•         Founded in 1950, under the name of Aberdeen and North East Association for Mental Health, Mental Health Aberdeen (MHA) was one of the earliest local mental health associations.  Its objectives then, as now, were to provide support services for people facing challenges in relation to their mental health, educate the public about mental health issues and promote mental wellbeing.
The registered charity delivers effective help to those suffering from a range of mental conditions including stress, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder, including support for those caring for others who suffer from such conditions.  
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