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Studs strip off and oil up ... for charity
Stud breeders Luke Ledwith, of Dudinin, and Gnowangerup's Lachlan Lewis and Elliot Richardson warm up with a winning pose before their photo shoot for Countryman's Season Outlook 2013 fundraising calendar. The calendar will be launched at the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days and all proceeds go to the Regional Men's Health Initiative.

It was a cold and windy day in the Great Southern when three of WA’s youngest Merino stud breeders stripped down and oiled up all in the name of charity.

Lachlan Lewis and Elliot Richardson from Gnowangerup along with Luke Ledwith from Dudinin bared their flesh to pose in a calendar to raise money for the Regional Men’s Health Initiative, which promotes the importance of men’s mental and physical health

Spearheaded by Countryman, the aim is to raise $100,000 for the charity through calendar sales.

While Lachlan, Elliot and Luke are bracing for some friendly ribbing, it was a hard day’s work in the name of a good cause.

“In the country, men’s health doesn’t really get talked about so hopefully this will help raise awareness,” Elliot said.

The calendar features 39 farmers who have ripped off their shirts from Ogilvie to Esperance including West Coast Eagles player Quinten Lynch, whose family farms at Grass Patch, and former Fremantle Docker Robbie Haddrill, now the Glencore Grain State manager.

The calendar will be officially launched at the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days and will available online at for $20 a copy from 3pm on August 29.

All profits from the sale of the calendar will go to the RMHI.

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