King of Shaves are pleased to be assisting (in a small way) Will King’s unsupported charity ride from Vancouver in Canada down to San Diego in the USA in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Anthony Nolan charities.
No, it is not the King of Shaves ‘Will King’, but it is still a very worthwhile cause! You can follow Will’s progress on his website www.willgoeswandering.com and on his Facebook page, plus, more importantly you can donate via his Just Giving pages, one for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the other for Anthony Nolan.
Please find below in his own words why Will is undertaking this testing and difficult endeavour. And “best of luck” from all the team at King of Shaves!
“In April 2014, I will be starting a 3,000km unsupported solo bicycle ride from Vancouver, Canada down to San Diego, U.S.A., raising awareness and seeking donations for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Anthony Nolan charities, in memory of two friends of mine who before dying were, along with their families, helped greatly by these two groups.
Anthony Nolan operate a database of over 500,000 potential bone marrow and stem cell donors for people with blood cancer and they are in great need of additional donors, particularly men aged 16-30. Registering as a donor is very easy – you can simply send in a saliva sample. My friend Millie Forbes developed Leukemia aged 19 and despite a huge search for a donor and many thousands added to the database, she did not find a perfect genetic match and died as a result.
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust carry out research into finding a cure and ways to treat Cystic Fibrosis, helping to raise life expectancy and quality of life. As a result my friend Milly Douglas-Pennant was able to live into her thirties, get married and have a healthy baby, before dying a few years ago.
As you will see on my website, I am ultimately heading all the way down to Colombia, but not looking for charitable donations for the second leg as i will probably have to get a bus / train through some bits, so don’t want to mislead anyone on that front.”
We’re pleased to report the FUZE 2014 event was a jam packed amazing evening of entertainment and fund raising. Virginia Allwood from Lifestyle District was our roving photographer for the event and a selection of her pictures taken on Friday 21st February 2014 can be seen below (click on a thumbnail to see larger images).
Daniel Martin live blogged the event for King of Shaves and you can see his running commentary below.
King of Shaves are proud to support FUZE 2014 the UK’s largest student run charity fashion, music and dance show. Now in its 11th and most exciting year, FUZE and King of Shaves are supporting the fight against modern day slavery, with all the proceeds going to Anti-Slavery International.
You can join this evening of fashion, dance and music on 21st and 22nd February 2014 at the iconic Bristol Temple Meads Passenger Shed by purchasing tickets from bristol.mynightuk.com
FOLLOW FRIDAY’S SHOW LIVE
You can follow the show on Friday 21 February 2014 from 7pm GMT via our live interactive blogging feed here at www.shave.com/live/ – doors open at the event at 7.30pm GMT with the show starting at 8.15pm GMT.
King of Shaves have teamed up with Beating Bowel Cancer to help raise awareness of this debilitating disease. We are also supporting their Decembeard initiative and we are donating 10% off December’s sales of the Prostyle range from www.shave.com. Register your chin whiskers today and help raise some much needed funds!
Will King recently blogged about King of Shaves support for Decembeard and the post has been reproduced below:
Be the King of Beards and Help Raise Money To Beat Bowel Cancer with Decembeard and King of Shaves Prostyle!
But you’re the King of Shaves! I hear you exclaim!!! What’s this beardy business all about? Surely you want men to be clean shaven, so you sell more product! Aren’t you just jumping on the Movember b(r)andwagon?
Here’s why we’ve got involved with the Beating Bowel Cancer ‘Decembeard 2013‘ campaign.
At King of Shaves, “WE SHAVE LIVES!” This is what I often say when introducing our brand, or if it’s me – “I shave lives”.
It engages people, the subtle play on words makes people chuckle, and brings a face and a personality to our brand.
What’s clearly way more important though is saving lives. And, the early detection of bowel cancer, which has a very good chance of being cured if found early enough, is what the Beating Bowel Cancer charity is all about. Clearly they have seen the explosive success of Movember, which originated in Australia some years back (and which King of Shaves Australia were involved in supporting) and with their mission to bring awareness of what bowel cancer is, and how it can be avoided, to a larger audience, well – they came up with Decembeard and the tagline “Go on, grow one”.
Enter King of Shaves. Or more precisely, our new Prostyle “King of Beards” eGrooming range. For over 20 years we’ve been the only independent (and British) brand in the men’s shaving and skincare market, and constantly innovated. But, we’d never been in the electrical ‘facial hair styling, grooming & removal” sector until a couple of years back, with our ill-fated venture with Remington. When that came to an end, we decided to design and launch our own range of products, details of which can be found here. We’re a new kid on the eGrooming block, and of course we want to bring our new range to the public’s attention.
Theo Coyne of Beating Bowel Cancer emailed me in early November, asking if there was any chance King of Shaves could support them, with cash (of course) and more importantly, using social media to increase and& amplify the awareness of this potential life threatening (but treatable) condition. I get ‘a lot’ of requests from charities, but this one resonated, as Lee Kynaston aka The Grooming Guru (the King of Beards Real Deal) had tweeted about his involvement with it. Lee’s a widely respected men’s style and grooming journalist and blogger, who I’ve known for quite a few years.
Given we had recently launched Prostyle, I agreed for King of Shaves to be a supporting partner of Beating Bowel Cancer ‘Decembeard 2013′ and will attempt, along with our PR team, and BBC’s team, to use our reach and social media following to bring awareness of this condition to a wider audience.
Money will change hands (from us to Beating Bowel Cancer) – which can only be a good thing, and we promise not to try and commercially ‘hijack’ their mission, to feather our own business nest. Anyone who knows me, and what I do outside of King of Shaves, in the education, entrepreneurial and ‘doing things for good’ sectors will know we have no interest in that.
So, from December 1st (and obviously, in the build up to it – without detracting or distracting from Movember, which is now absolutely massive, and extremely well supported by P&G Gillette) I’ll be tweeting out regularly little prize competitions, links and miscellaneous other using the hashtag #KingofBeards (what else!) to amplify awareness of A) Beating Bowel Cancer and B) Decembeard. Of course, we will be donating money to them from online sales of our Prostyle range at www.shave.com in the run up to Christmas, and if things work out, which I’m sure they will, look at a longer term partnership.
When googling Decembeard, I of course came across Movember, but – more worryingly – Januhairy!!!! Now, whoever is behind that initiative, and whether it has a cause relation to it – don’t get in touch, we’re proud to be doing our bit, and remember, we need to sell our great shaving and styling products, so I can pay my staff their hard earned salary, and attempt to bring more, ‘shamazing’ new products to market.
King of Shaves is proud to be associated with Beating Bowel Cancer and Decembeard. So, I dare you “Go on, grow one – the King of Beards. I bet you can’t beat out Santa ;-)” REGISTER HERE and remember, the end result of this is to raise money and enhance awareness of what Bowel Cancer is, and how it can be detected, and treated. It’s not a casual vehicle for us to sell more product from. Like I say, we s(h)ave lives.