Shear com­mit­ment to fight dis­ease

Farmer and stock man­ager take up chal­lenge against prostate can­cer

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By BAR­BARA WITHING­TON

Two Cen­tral Otago men are un­der­tak­ing a stren­u­ous fit­ness cam­paign as they build up to the Shear for Life chal­lenge at the end of Fe­bru­ary.

Tar­ras stock man­ager Cole Wells, 28, and Te­viot farmer James Hill, 34, are look­ing to raise as much as pos­si­ble for re­search into prostate can­cer up to and dur­ing their 24 hour shear­ing chal­lenge.

Though shear­ing is now no more than a hobby for both men, Wells saw it as a way to raise funds, and when Hill saw the pub­lic­ity he asked if he could join Wells in the event.

‘‘I lost my dad to can­cer late in 2012 and that has made me pas­sion­ate about rais­ing as much as pos­si­ble for the cause.’’ Hill said.

Wells was very happy to have a part­ner on the boards for the chal­lenge.

‘‘Men­tally it will be so much eas­ier with help, es­pe­cially as the hours pass,’’ he said.

The pair have al­ready or­gan­ised a team of 25 to 30 peo­ple to help with the event, which will be held on Peter Jolly’s Kotiti prop­erty on Ard­gour Road, Tar­ras, where Wells works.

‘‘There are phys­ios, rousies, peo­ple to grind the hand­pieces, peo­ple to pen-up and press the clip; Mu­mis in charge of the team of cooks and it just goes on’’ Wells said. ‘‘It is turn­ing out to be a big­ger event than I first thought with lots of hid­den things to think about.’’

They hope it will be­come a fam­ily day for ev­ery­one as they start at 6am on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 28, and fin­ish about lunch time on Sun­day, March 1.

‘‘We have a half-hour stop ev­ery two hours and then an hour ev­ery four hours so to make it 24 hour shear­ing we need to carry on the ex­tra time.’’ Wells said.

The Roxburgh Lions Club has com­mit­ted their support to be­ing on site with their hot dogs and chips car­a­van for the du­ra­tion.

Wells has set him­self a tar­get of 750-800 lambs for the pe­riod, Hill is re­luc­tant to set a fig­ure but ap­pre­ci­ates those who have al­ready spon­sored him $1 per lamb.

‘‘After I left school I was shear­ing for a few years so know that shear­ing is a phys­i­cally and men­tally de­mand­ing job that re­quires a great deal of stamina and skill.’’ Hill said. ‘‘I look for­ward to em­brac­ing the chal­lenge as the strug­gle I will en­counter will be small in com­par­i­son to what many men suf­fer ev­ery day with prostate can­cer.’’

The men are seek­ing funds to help with the event and for the cause on: fundraiseon­line.co.nz/ Shear­forLife/

Photo: BAR­BARA WITHING­TON

Ready: James Hill checks his shear­ing gear in prepa­ra­tion for the Shear for Life he will take part in on Fe­bru­ary 28.

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