Southern hardman on quest to raise funds

It's a Movember time of year

Last updated 05:00 06/11/2012
Angus Westgarth is driving around New Zealand to raise money and awareness for men’s health issues.
ON THE TRAIL: Angus Westgarth is driving around New Zealand to raise money and awareness for men’s health issues.

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They breed them tough down south, really tough!

I left Timaru on Wednesday on a quest to raise $25,000 for Movember. On the way, I had to stop to empty some puddles that had collected in my sunglasses; the enormity of what I had been working on for the last year kicked in. For the first time in more than 10 months of planning, a possibility entered my mind - failure.

With Waimate's white horse in my sights and Timaru behind me, I ventured out into what would be uncharted territory for me.

As I made my way through the magic of Central Otago into Alexandra, what opened up in front of me was nothing short of spectacular. As per the rules of this adventure, I was taken in by a tweep (a Twitter follower) who showed me around their town. Later that morning, I met up with the Cancer Society, and it began . . .

We spent a couple of hours walking through the town, trying to talk to anyone about Movember and men's health. The reception was pretty dismal. It was hard, coming from my supportive home town of TiMOru, to work in a town that was the complete opposite. The whole experience showed me that the rugged "southern man" stereotype is still alive and well.

As I made my way to Dunedin via Invercargill, the support grew; more people were aware of Movember and were happier to talk. I spent a great evening in Dunedin after getting lost on countless occasions; those hills are deceiving, at least to my mapping software!

I left Dunedin the following morning, my sights set on Timaru. Feeling recharged and refreshed, I now head north to finish what I have started.

With the collections from down south lower than I'd hoped, I have to up my game, and I'm really ready to work for it!

Donate at and follow me on twitter@TwitOnTourNZ.

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- The Timaru Herald


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