More be­hind face of it

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Mo­tor­bikes, mous­taches and chops are usu­ally as­so­ci­ated with men never keen to talk about their feel­ings, but they are just the items one new Kar­ratha res­i­dent will be us­ing to keep the con­ver­sa­tion about men’s health firmly in the pub­lic eye.

Matt Farmer moved to Kar­ratha about a month ago for a job with Yara and has been quick to in­volve him­self in the Pil­bara life

Mr Farmer will suit up this Sun­day and take his Tri­umph mo­tor­bike for a ride around Kar­ratha and Dampier in sup­port of the Dis­tin­guished Gen­tle­man’s Ride, an in­ter­na­tional cam­paign to raise aware­ness for men’s health.

The ride en­cour­ages “gen­tle folk” to em­brace their in­ner dap­per man with items such as mon­o­cles, fa­cial fo­liage, tai­lored suits and silk vests.

“Be­ing a former FIFO worker I ac­tu­ally lost a good mate in Queens­land, so I think it’s good to pro­mote men’s health and and get the mes­sage out there for the world to see and hear,” he said. “The mate who ended it for him­self no­body even knew, he was chirpy right up un­til they found him one morn­ing. But by then it was too late.

“You can def­i­nitely see the peo­ple who are strug­gling for the first few days they are back from R&R. Some of them are pretty slow and don’t want to be there, that is when you have to start pro­mot­ing con­ver­sa­tion.”

Mr Farmer said this year was all about mak­ing the ride known in the hope of at­tract­ing more rid­ers next year.

That be­ing said, he said he would be happy to see more men join him on the ride to Dampier this year too.

“It’s just a nice ride, dressed up so peo­ple ask, ‘what are you do­ing?’ and then you can pull them into that con­ver­sa­tion.

“We’re not all su­per­man, we’ve all got debts and prob­lems, but I think that if you can chat about things it re­ally helps.”

As for the chops and mous­tache: Mr Farmer said his wife loved the look but he could not wait to be rid of them.

Mr Farmer will be at the Leisure­plex from 8am on Sun­day. His ride starts at 9am.

For more in­for­ma­tion and do­na­tions go to www.gen­tle­man­

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Matt Farmer is all set to take part in the Dis­tin­guished Gen­tle­man’s Ride.

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