Min­genew men raise $80k

Midwest Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tamra Carr

A group of Min­genew men sport­ing mous­taches have raised more than $80,000 for men’s health char­ity Movem­ber Foun­da­tion.

The Min­genew Grin­gos brought Movem­ber to their town last month in re­sponse to re­cent sui­cides in the com­mu­nity.

Group co-or­di­na­tor Jar­rad Kup­sch said there was a huge team ef­fort to raise aware­ness about male men­tal health.

“There has been re­cent tragedies in town re­gard­ing sui­cide, so it made us want to do some­thing,” Mr Kup­sch said. “That was re­ally the driv­ing force be­hind it, and it re­ally caused peo­ple to have a chat and gen­er­ate some of the Are You OK con­ver­sa­tions.”

Fel­low co-or­di­na­tor An­thony Smythe said the Min­genew Grin­gos and all their sup­port­ers demon­strated the strength of the Min­genew com­mu­nity.

“There has been a lot of dis­cus­sion in the com­mu­nity about men­tal health is­sues, and we’ve had a bad run here lo­cally with tragedies,” Mr Smythe said.

“Sui­cide is the big­gest killer of males in Aus­tralia, and we know peo­ple have been do­ing Movem­ber here and there since it started, but we wanted to crank it up and make it big.

“At the end of the month, we had a Mo’ Event, which was a huge suc­cess — be­tween 250-300 peo­ple showed up.

“A lot of peo­ple from out­side of Min­genew at­tended. There was great in­volve­ment from peo­ple who live in Car­namah, Coorow, Ger­ald­ton, the Murchi­son, Watheroo and Three Springs.

“It re­ally shows the strength of the com­mu­nity of Min­genew, and it’s a credit to every­one there.”

Pic­ture: Justine Rowe

Min­genew Grin­gos grew mous­taches to pro­mote bet­ter men­tal health for men.

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