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It's good to laugh . . . Oamaru Wolfpack members Kyle Beck (left) and Sean McGeown are looking forward to a charity comedy night at the Galleon. PHOTO: TYSON YOUNG

A charity comedy night aimed at delivering plenty of cheers and laughter will feature at the Galleon Family Complex in Oamaru.

The event will take place on Saturday, August 4, and will start at 7.30pm.

It has been organised by a local men’s support group, the Oamaru Wolfpack.

Members Sean McGeown and Kyle Beck are getting excited about the upcoming event.

“I’ve never put on a comedy show before,” Mr McGeown said.

” I think it’s nice to bring something different to Oamaru.”

The show will feature a variety of comedians from Oamaru and Timaru.

Mr McGeown and Mr Beck also plan to test their own comedy chops on the stage.

There were only 90 tickets available via the Eventfinda website, so people wanting a seat at the show needed to be quick, Mr McGeown said.

Money raised from the event will go towards the ongoing development of the Wolfpack headquarters in Weston.

If the comedy show was a success, plans were in place to turn it into an annual event.

Mr McGeown created the Wolfpack three years ago after identifying a need for a men’s group in North Otago.

The group’s focus was to support men with mental health and other problems in their lives.

“The focus, I guess, is just to try and let the community know that the Wolfpack is there – people don’t have to suffer alone.”

Mr McGeown was proud of how far the Wolfpack had come.

“We didn’t think we’d be here, three years later, putting on a comedy show,” he said.

Mr McGeown believed there were problems men throughout North Otago were facing which needed to be addressed.

While hosting a comedy show would not fix the problems overnight, it would certainly be a good start, he said.

“If we have healthy men, we have less problems. It’s not a simple solution but I think you’ve got to start somewhere.”