I'm really bristling to mosey about NZ

01:42, Nov 20 2012
mo bro on the go
MOVEMBER: Angus Westgarth is Mo Bro on the Go, touring New Zealand this month to raise awareness of men's health issues.

Tomorrow I leave everything I know behind, to set out on what will be the hairiest road trip in New Zealand history.

With nothing more than a van and a Twitter account, I'll set out to conquer the country, relying on other people's goodwill to see me right.

My goals are simple: Raise $25,000 for my individual Movember fundraising; create as much awareness as possible for Movember causes; and actually discover New Zealand.

Angus Westgarth
Angus Westgarth will be traveling around NZ raising funds for Movember.

Organising "Twit on Tour" aka "Mo Bro on the Go" has taken every spare minute of my life for the past 10 months. I have really put my heart and soul into making this the best possible thing I have ever attempted. Time will tell if this is my biggest success or my greatest failure.

When I drive out of Timaru in Merv - my sponsored van - I will be prepared to give this my all and leave everything on the road in an attempt to achieve my goals.

I have already done the hardest part of this journey and that's saying goodbye to my two kids - Natahlia, 4, and Felix, 2.


Thanks to a sponsored phone and internet, I will be able to keep in contact with them as much as I can.

I am a proud Timaru lad. I love this town. It is beautiful, the people are friendly and there are a lot of people here doing incredibly good things.

But am I shortsighted as to what New Zealand really has to offer? I have lived here for 26 of my 27 years. I have rarely travelled. I have Aoraki-Mount Cook in my backyard and have never visited it - crazy, really, considering tourists come from all over the world to see it.

Sure, I have been to Christchurch more times than I can recall and I have visited some other towns. But I was either too young to really take in what it meant to go, or incredibly uninterested because of being a sulky teenager dragged along to some family thing.

This adventure will be a real eye-opener for me. Is Auckland really the be-all-and-end-all I keep hearing about? What town will give me the most money for the cause? And what does anyone know about Timaru?

Over the next month I set out to answer all these questions as I take off on my biggest life adventure in the hope of raising as much money as possible to save other men's lives.

Follow my journey on Twitter @twitontournz and donate to mobro.co/twitontour.

The Timaru Herald