The OddBalls Foundation was founded in December 2015 to raise awareness of Testicular Cancer. Through the Foundation we hope to make a difference to male health around the world.
We produced our iconic Check Yourself guides, to be distributed in changing rooms and toilets across the UK.
Fighting Cancer Takes Balls
We saw how much of an impact social media can have on raising awareness, so we decided to launch The OddBalls Crossbar Challenge. Our presence on social media has grown significantly over the past 5 years! Check us out on @oddballsfdn.
Founding The University Ambassador Programme
One of the main ways we deliver our message is through our University Ambassador Programme. Our University Ambassadors visit schools, universities and workplaces, delivering talks on Testicular Cancer; reminding boys and men to check their balls – and removing any stigma and embarrassment about it! They also fit Check Yourself Guides into public spaces and workplaces. In 2018, we appointed the first 5 ambassadors in Bath, Cardiff, Durham, Exeter and Loughborough.
Tackling The Stigma Head On
Our ambassadors were making an evident difference and changing the conversation around Testicular Cancer. We grew the ambassador team to 11 by adding students in Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh, Gloucestershire and Oxford. More cars on the road, more people educated on Testicular Cancer.
The University Ambassador Programme needed managing full-time. Kieran, our former Exeter Ambassador, started as University Ambassador Manager. Ireland was calling! In August 2020, we appointed University Ambassadors in Belfast, Cork and Dublin, as well as Nottingham and Bristol in the UK. Due to the significant financial support from OddBalls, the underwear company, in January 2021 we were able to expand AGAIN into more regions! We doubled the University Ambassador Programme by setting up ambassadors in Reading, East Anglia, Galway, Birmingham, Liverpool, Bangor, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Sheffield, Aberystwyth, Plymouth, York, Southampton, and London (UCL). We had 32 ambassadors representing The OddBalls Foundation.
The OddBalls Foundation Festival
The first ever OddBalls Foundation Festival saw over 800 people from all over the country gather for a day of rugby, fun and awareness all in aid of The OddBalls Foundation! The first of many to come. George, our former Cardiff Ambassador, joined the OddBalls team to support Kieran with the scheme.
Leading The Fight!
Our team of 40 University Ambassadors are now delivering over 500 talks a year and reaching over 100,000 people! Our University Ambassador Programme has become one of the most popular and competitive ambassador schemes for university students - we are overwhelmed by the amount of applications! We currently have ambassadors in Aberdeen, Aberystwyth, Bangor, Bath, Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Brunel, Cambridge, Cardiff, Dublin, Dundee, Durham, East Anglia, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Imperial College London, Keele, King’s College London, Lancaster, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Loughborough, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Plymouth, Reading, Sheffield, Southampton, Stirling, Swansea, University College London, Warwick and York.
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