Mo bros rais­ing funds

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

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.

Photo / Sup­plied

Mi­raka Mo Bros with some of the fa­cial styles they grew for Movem­ber.

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