Host of hunks turn out for calendar launch in Macksville

Some of this year’s calendar boys (L-R) Nathan Perkins, Chris Humphries, Travis Pocock, Ryan Whyte, Dave Foley and Matt Ward with Mentally Healthy Nambucca Valley’s Ashleigh Greaves and Matt Baker (centre).

SEVERAL weeks ago News Of The Area reported that the Mentally Healthy Nambucca Valley Calendar 2024 had been completed and distributed for sale across the district.

The cheeky calendar featuring an assortment of local blokes in various stages of undress has been produced as a novel way to raise awareness and funds for those struggling with mental health issues in the Nambucca Valley.

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On 31 January, the Mentally Healthy Nambucca Valley venture, in partnership with Lifetime Connect, was officially launched at the Macksville Country Club.

Several of the local blokes who appear in the calendar were on hand to support the launch and meet fellow ‘calendar models’, sharing a few laughs over a meal and a beverage or two.

Chris Humphries, who appears alongside his Bowraville Goannas team-mates in the calendar, told News Of The Area, “Having had my own struggles with mental health I wanted to do something to raise awareness and help others going through what I went through.”

Former Police Officer Travis Pocock added, “If this calendar can raise awareness then it is a good thing as one of the things you realise when you are struggling with mental health is that there is just not enough support services available in the community for people that are suffering.”

Both men were highly complimentary of the Mentally Healthy Nambucca Valley team of Ashleigh Greaves and Matt Baker and, although the underlying message of the calendar is serious, they admitted that there was a lot of laughs during the photo shoot.

“Sales are going well however we would really like to sell more of these calendars and pass those funds onto Lifetime Connect who will-in turn provide financial support for those struggling to afford access to mental health services,” added Mentally Healthy Nambucca Valley’s Ashleigh Greaves.

The calendars are $20 and can be purchased from Quick Stop Barber Shop, Solitude Health, Ben and Lenny’s Cafe Macksville, the Bridge Street Cafe Macksville, Elk on 38, Lucy Fru Fru, the Nambucca Bowling Club, Mid Coast Vets, Valley Blue, Local Liquor Nambucca Heads and online through Farm to Freezer.


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