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Cape Reinga To Bluff For Movember


New Zealand Defence Force
Te Ope Kaatua O Aotearoa

Media release

14 November 2007

Cape Reinga To Bluff For Movember

The Air Force is well known for putting in the hard yards when it comes to growing a moustache for Movember but Flying Officer Matt Ferris has taken efforts to a whole new level.

The 22-year-old from 40 Squadron is cycling from Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island to Bluff at the bottom of the South Island to raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand.

And he promises not to shave his upper lip while doing it.

“I’ve done a bit of mountain biking in the past but this is going to be a challenge. I’m planning to begin my ride on November 17 and I’ll make it down the country by the end of the month.”

Matt, who is originally from Dunedin, is based at RNZAF Base Auckland in Whenuapai and is a pilot on Hercules aircraft.

His effort will eclipse that of many New Zealand men who will grow their moustaches during the month of November to raise funds for prostate cancer.

His ride will even outdo the efforts of a number of Cromwell women who last year decided to grow their left armpit hair to support the cause.

40 Squadron Flight Lieutenant Richard Beetham said the squadron was proud of their colleague’s effort.

“I have no doubt that the sight of Matt cycling down the country will boost recruiting numbers of women in the RNZAF,” he said.

Those wishing to sponsor the ride should call Flying Officer Tim Pevreal at 40 Squadron on 021 417 054. All of the money raised will be donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand.

ENDS


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