Water helps men’s health

Ben takes the Movem­ber mes­sage to the open water

Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

GET­TING out on the water and spend­ing a few hours fish­ing is what Ben Bischoff does to un­wind.

The 41-year-old said when he was go­ing through a tough patch in life about three years ago he found “vitamin sea” the best thing for him.

“Like a lot of men, I too have had chal­leng­ing times and I found kayak fish­ing was some­thing I could do that was out­side of work and fam­ily and ev­ery­thing,” Mr Brischoff said.

“It just got me out of my own head and al­lowed me to un­wind for a few hours a week.”

Re­cently he got oth­ers out on the water to share the joy and raise some funds for Movem­ber. Mr Bischoff held a so­cial pad­dle and fish­ing event last week­end to help raise much-needed funds and aware­ness for men’s health.

This is the sec­ond year Mr Bischoff has signed on to the an­nual mous­tache-grow­ing and fundrais­ing event but his goal is about more than fa­cial hair and rais­ing money.

Work­ing in the male-dom­i­nated gas and con­struc­tion in­dus­try, he has seen first-hand the strug­gles that men face with their men­tal health.

“I want to raise some funds to sup­port the foun­da­tion but it’s more about the aware­ness and con­ver­sa­tion bit for me,” he said.

“As blokes there’s this idea that we need to be the ‘tough one’ and as a re­sult we can be too proud to have a chat about the im­por­tant stuff.”

Mr Bischoff said it was great to see peo­ple get­ting out­side and talk­ing to oth­ers at the week­end. He will con­tinue rais­ing funds for the rest of the month. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit au.movem­ber.com.


VITAMIN ‘SEA’: Ben Bischoff is par­tak­ing in Movem­ber aware­ness rais­ing and fundrais­ing.


ROW FOR A BRO: Ben Bischoff is or­gan­is­ing a Movem­ber fundraiser.

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