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Urge boys raise cash for men

Thu 10 May 2007 In: New Zealand Daily News

The boys from New Zealand's only all-male gay bar give money away today for safe sex awareness campaigns, and say they now plan to raise more cash – this time for prostate cancer. During a small morning tea event at the NZ AIDS Foundation's Auckland office this morning, Urge bar owners Paul Heard and Alan Granville passed NZAF Executive Director Rachael Le Mesurier a cheque for $650, raised by bucket-rattling collectors at the ‘Mr Urge NZ Bear' contest last month. A total of $1,300 was raised that night, with ‘Body Positive' getting the other half of the money to help with the organisation's support of people living with HIV. Urge bar also raised $800 last year for the Foundation, which Le Mesurier says went towards their ‘Men Seeking Men' bus shelter ad campaign in Auckland. Gay Men's Health promotion coordinator Douglas Jenkin said the campaign “took the condom message to the streets, and into a mainstream audience. They also showed visitors that the areas they appeared in were gay-friendly.” The Urge guys are now turning their attention to raising funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. A ‘Woof' party is planned for Saturday 12th May, where a gold coin donation will go to the Foundation. The party will also be a send-off for the 2007 ‘Mr Urge NZ Bear' Anton Cronje, who's flying to Melbourne soon to compete at their Southern HiBearnation contest, and last year's winner Damian Calleja, who's flying to Chicago for their International Bear Contest. A photo of the Urge cheque handover is on the link below. Pictured (left to right) are: Paul Heard, Peter Saxton, Alan Granville, Rachael Le Mesurier, Larry Jenkins and Douglas Jenkin.     Ref: (m)

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First published: Thursday, 10th May 2007 - 12:00pm

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