Mo bros raising funds
There were mos everywhere at local dairy company Miraka when 26 of its staff joined the Movember movement this year.
Movember funds men’s health projects in New Zealand and around the world to stop men dying too young. Miraka health and safety manager Shannon Maaka encouraged Miraka staff to become involved, “grow a mo” and help champion men’s health issues.
Staff members from plant operators at Mo¯kai to the executive team took part in the month-long facial hair movement. Mo-Sistas joined the movement as well, taking part in other fundraising activities. Miraka came 25th on the national leaderboard and raised $6824 for the Movember Foundation.
While there may have been peer pressure to begin with, all the Miraka participants agreed that, as it grew, the “mo movement” took on a life of its own.
“The focus on mental health has special significance for the farming sector these days and the Miraka staff are very aware of this,” said Grant Jackson, general manager milk supply.
“Being part of such a big movement, the laughs with the Mo Bros, and the conversations we’ve had, have outlined how close to home these issues are, and really cemented how important it is to talk about men’s health,” said fork-lift trainer Barry Thatcher.
Miraka chief executive Richard Wyeth said he was challenged by Shannon to get involved and, after some thought, agreed.
“My wife was really supportive, my daughter not so much! So it’s gone now the month is up”, said Richard.
Skay Rangi, business analyst, enhanced his fundraising by rowing 100m on the rowing machine for every $1 he raised. He had to row 52km for Movember. And the Mo Sistas also fundraised, with Alison Huynh and Candice Hay walking over 60kms, joined by Corina Sanchez and Siew Yeo, cooking and baking food items which they all sold for a donation.
Miraka Mo Bros and Sistas celebrated their achievements at a prize-giving and sausage sizzle at the Miraka factory on Friday November 30.
Miraka Mo Bros with some of the facial styles they grew for Movember.