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Date set for Karapiro comedy fundraiser

Date set for Karapiro comedy fundraiser following death of Waikato dairy farmer

Waikato dairy farmer Zara Cosh admits “it’s been tough” dealing with the death of her close friend Colby Harris.

Harris, who was second-in-charge on a 300-cow dairy farm, took his own life last December.

“Not having Colby around anymore has been hard,” said Cosh. “I miss him so much.”

The pair were both active members of NZ Young Farmers.

In the weeks prior to his death, Harris had qualified for his first Waikato/Bay of Plenty Regional Final of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year.

The contest was held in Rotorua earlier this month.

“It was a tough day for me, having to compete without Colby there,” said Cosh who was also a finalist.

“As I was completing the modules, I imagined him laughing at all my little stuff-ups and safety violations.”

Harris’ spot on the day was left vacant as a mark of respect and finalists’ hats were embroidered with his name.

Cosh also had the words “in memory of Colby Harris, much loved friend” embroidered on her sleeve.

“Colby’s mum was messaging me throughout the day and his dad was there and told me he was proud of my performance,” said Cosh.

“That support meant a lot.”

Cosh is urging people in rural Waikato to get off the farm and attend a special comedy night on April 21st.

Internationally acclaimed comedians Andre King, Nick Rado, Paul Ego and Tarun Mohanbhai will perform at the Sir Don Rowlands Centre in Karapiro.

“Tickets are just $10 each, with all proceeds going directly to Farmstrong,” said NZ Young Farmers chief executive Terry Copeland.

“It should be a great night with lots of laughter.”

“NZ Young Farmers is proud to help organise this important, much-needed event,” said Copeland.

"We want to be a leader in supporting and nurturing the health and wellness of young New Zealanders."

General admission tickets are available by visiting www.youngfarmers.co.nz/nzyf

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