The money raised - totaling $128,594.36 - will be divided between three charities – Hear4U, the Breast Cancer Foundation, and the Rural Support Trust.
Dan said knowing the funds raised during the event will be desperately needed following Cyclone Gabrielle "makes us appreciate the event, and the support we got even more.
"The funds raised for RST and Hear4U will be used in a way that can only do good - we are humbled that what we did will have some tangible benefits to those affected," he said.
"Now more than ever, we as a community, as friends, as family are here to help and support those that need it - having the help of those that care will help to get you through these tough times."
Hear4U Director Krissy Mackintosh said the event was unbelievable.
“We watched in admiration as four men advocated for our charity, with such determination, concentration, and hard mahi,” she said.
“The shearing shed was a perfect place to break the stigma around mental health, and our team spent the entire day connecting with rural families affected by mental health challenges, or suicide.
“Rural communities have had an extremely tough year due to political, environmental, and systematic changes – and the efforts of Team Shear4U, demonstrated ‘rising above’ hard times, through unity, and good old fashion community love.”
Breast Cancer Foundation Chief Executive Ah-Leen Rayner said it was an honour to be a recipient from this fundraiser.
“We’re blown away by Dan, Vaughn, Adam and Isaac’s heroic efforts, which were all the more special given their personal connections to the causes they’ve supported,” she said.
“Their donation will help us to provide practical support to breast cancer patients and fund scientific research to find better treatments and save lives.
“With a third of breast cancers diagnosed outside of New Zealand’s main centres, we know accessing health services in rural communities comes with added challenges - so anything that shines a spotlight on the importance of early detection makes a real difference.”
Rural Support Trust Area Coordinator for Tararua Jane Tylee also attended the event, and praised the work that went into making it happen behind the scenes.
“It really was a phenomenal effort, and we feel really privileged to be a recipient,” she said.
“We really depend on funding and sponsorship like this to be able to keep doing what we do – providing support during tough times to our rural communities.”
Rural Support Trust ambassador Matt Chisholm has also been busy carrying out his Time Out Tour over the past few months, with funding support from ANZ, in an effort to get rural people talking about their mental health.
In the wake of Cyclone Gabrielle, ANZ is donating $3 million to affected communities, including $1 million specifically for agriculture and horticulture groups.
*Special thanks to Vicki Priday for allowing us to use her images for this article.