New Zealand Young Farmers for Movember
New Zealand Young Farmers for
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 01-11-13
Movember is back!
New Zealand Young Farmers are proud supporters of the month long campaign for men’s health and this year we have put together a moustache army, ready to fight the good fight!
Newly appointed New Zealand Young Farmers CEO Terry Copeland, ANZ Young Farmer Contest Events Leader Ashley Cassin, local Pendarves Young Farmers Club member Nigel Woodhead and RuralTV Director Tony Glynn have all generously donated their upper lips to the cause.
“At New Zealand Young Farmers, we fully embrace the spirit and philosophy of Movember and support the increased focus and attention this promotion provides,” said. CEO Terry Copeland.
Young Farmers will be driving donations for the entire month and will host an ‘End of Movember’ fundraising quiz night at The Blue Pub in Methven 29th November when crowds will watch as the four brave men step up to have their moustaches shorn. RuralTV is working with Young Farmers and will also be there to catch all the action.
“Although there are cries of protest from my wife, I am fully participating this year and I actively encourage our members and industry partners to raise the profile of prostate and testicular cancer,” commented Mr Copeland.
Movember is an annual charity initiative which challenges men to grow a moustache for the month of November, thereby changing their appearance and the face of men’s health. These men effectively become walking talking billboards for the 30 days. Movember aims to raise awareness, support and funding for men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health.
“Men’s health, particularly in the rural sector, traditionally is not front of mind, and this perception needs to change if we want to be a healthy and vibrant economy which can cope with the demands of industry growth and the pressures that entails,” Mr Copeland added.
Proceeds from Movember are shared between the Mental Health Foundation of NZ and the Cancer Society. Funds raised go towards programmes focused on awareness and education, staying mentally healthy, living with and beyond cancer, living with and beyond mental illness and research.
Since its humble beginnings in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 3 million participants across 21 countries worldwide. In 2012 alone, over 1.1 million people around the world joined the Moevember movement and raised NZD $176.1 million.
To follow Young Farmers’ Movember progress, check out our team page.
Be sure to watch out for Young Farmers at the RuralTV site on the cattle lawn at the Canterbury A&P Show, Wednesday 13th November.