Rhys still moves us
A MOVEMBER fundraiser for former Southern Cross University student Rhys McNaughton is nearing its $50,000 target with 18 days to go.
The 24-year-old rugby union player and part-time model took his own life in late October.
The death of the popular teaching student, who was known as "Zeffa" due to his likeness to Hollywood actor Zac Efron, has crushed his mother Jodie.
But the fundraising efforts of almost 180 mates are spurring her on that her son is still making a difference, as he did while alive.
Ms McNaughton posted on Facebook to thank all those who had donated to the Movember campaign 'Hotter than Zac Efron'.
"This gives me strength and peace," she posted.
"This makes my son's death not be in vain.
"He is just alive right now even though we know he is now gone.
"He has given us strength and purpose when we all needed it so much.
"He still is looking after us."
Ms McNaughton said she wanted to raise at least $50,000.
"Just another gold coin could be the one that counts," she posted. "Love to all."
A memorial service for Rhys was held at Southern Cross University's Lismore campus last Thursday.
Ms McNaughton is organising a paddle-out for Rhys at Soldiers Beach on the NSW Central Coast, where he grew up, for December 5.
Before going to print the "Hotter than Zac Efron" Movember campaign was first in Australia in the teams category, having raised more than $42,000.
To donate visit https://au.movember. com/team/2061121.