Boys from Bedford School’s Upper Sixth have transformed a 70s disco smash into an ode to growing a tash – to raise awareness of men’s health and mental wellbeing.
Known as the MoBros, the group of around 80 students have been taking part in Movember, setting up a host of activities and sporting challenges for the school community to get involved in.
Each November the school gets involved in the charity campaign, with hundreds of boys and staff doing their bit for the cause as part of the annual tradition.
Last year the MoBros gave Drake’s God’s Plan a Movember makeover, and this year’s cohort have taken on the 1977 disco classic Staying Alive by the BeeGees – rewriting the lyrics with a moustachioed theme.
Upper Sixth Former Tom Allen, who wrote the lyrics for the song, said: “I have enjoyed it massively, despite the stress of doing it in two weeks during a lockdown.
“With the COVID-19 regulations it just took a lot of time to organise – finding out when people could record, fitting around them and working in smaller groups to record different sections.
“This year we had the most people singing the song we have ever had, so that’s just amazing.”
Music video director and pupil at the school Edward Mathew-Jones said he had loved being part of the project.
“It has been a challenge so far”, he said, “especially with the social distancing.
“We have 80 boys in total in the video. Getting them all to listen and be in the right place is pretty tricky. It has been really fun but a busy two weeks.”
The MoBros also organised a raft of sporting challenges for Movember, including dodge ball and Aussie rules football games.
Ashlesh Chandrapu set up a 60k challenge at the school, where students were tasked with running the distance during the month of November.
Ashlesh, however, gave himself an even bigger challenge.
“I am also doing a 300km in 30 days running challenge,” he said. “It’s been good – painful but good.”
He said Movember was important as it gave people the chance to think more about men’s mental health, especially at a time where loneliness and isolation can be a real problem.
“It’s about letting men know that it’s ok to talk with others about things that are bothering them,” he said.
“There is such a stigma for boys that they just bottle it up.
“People can feel very isolated, especially at the moment, so it’s important people don’t feel alone.”
If you would like to support the boys on their quest and donate to Movember, you can do so at their Movember page.