Jodie McNaughton with a portrait of her son Rhys, taken by John Bortolin. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star
Jodie McNaughton with a portrait of her son Rhys, taken by John Bortolin. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star Cathy Adams

Movember campaign for Rhys McNaughton at $60k

MOVEMBER fundraisers for former Southern Cross University student Rhys McNaughton have raised almost $60,000 as donations continue to pour in for men's health.

The popular 24-year-old rugby player and part-time model took his own life last month.

'Given me purpose'

Rhys' mother Jodie said she was overwhelmed by extremely proud of the impact her son had on the lives of so many.

"Right now it has given me strength, it has given me purpose," she said.

"It has let me know that my son's death is not in vain.

"It let's me know that he has genuinely touched people and is reaching people in his death in a positive way.

"I think what everyone is doing is helping Rhys...these people are doing for him what he expected them to do."

Zac Efron look-a-like

Known as Zeffa to his mates, due to his likeness to Hollywood actor Zac Efron, friends have even contacted the actor to lend his profile to the campaign.

The success of the 'hotter than Zac Efron' Movember campaign has been mentioned twice in Federal Parliament, Ms McNaughton said.

Currently it is the number one Movember team campaign in Australia.

"I think Rhys is the perfect candidate to up front and forward to raise issues about men's mental health," Ms McNaughton said.

After reaching their initial target of $50,000, Ms McNaughton said the campaign will exceed $60,000.

Pub to donate all tips

"There's a huge amount of funds that are going to come in towards the end of the month and into next month.

"A pub is going to donate all their tips.

"There is a concreter down here (on the Central Coast) that is going to donate a week's wage.

"There will be more fundraising at the paddle out at Soldiers Beach on December 5.

"Plus there is going to be a massive fundraiser at the Wollongbar's Pioneer Tavern on December 6."

Next event

From noon at the Pioneer Tavern there will be raffles, auctions, a barbecue, and a live band in a family friendly environment.

All profits go to the Movember campaign for Rhys McNaughton organised by Nathaniel Regueira.

To donate visit https://au.movember.com/team/2061121.



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