Inter Region Face Fleece Challenge

Posted by on 3 October 2011 | Comments

Young Farmers to grow mo's for Movember

The challenge is out there for New Zealand’s Young Farmers to prove they can multi task: cultivate something on their top lips while at the same time think about their health.

Movember is back, and while lots of Young Farmers have energetically supported this campaign, this year New Zealand Young Farmers is calling for a concerted effort and that’s where the inaugural NZYF Inter-region Face Fleece Challenge for Movember comes into it.

In 2011 the NZYF Regions will battle it out to see who can produce the biggest ‘face fleece,’ the dirtiest slugs and the bushiest mo’s in Movember. Clubs will register to be a part of the Challenge and at the end of the month each Club will have a shave off and - wait for it - combine their face fleece yield with the rest of their Region’s in the hopes of gaining bragging rights as the hairiest Region for 2011.

NZYF CEO Richard Fitzgerald says ”this is a good cause because men’s health is seldom talked about in farming circles and Young Farmers are keen to raise awareness of this issue.  I issue a challenge to all Young Farmers, girls too if it works for you, to go feral for a month and show us your best ginger look, patchy mo or even your bum-fluff; whatever you grow, park your razor and support Movember”. 

Proceeds from Movember are shared between the Mental Health Foundation of NZ for male depression, and the Cancer Society which is placing a huge emphasis on various aspects of men’s health.

Movember Ambassador and sports commentator, John McBeth, is delighted at the response from the rural community and says a lot of men are more serious now about being responsible for their own health. “Some farmers have told me they now think their own health is more important than that of their animals. A breakthrough!”

McBeth is also keen to encourage women to use the Movember campaign to prompt their reluctant males to get involved.