FOUR members of AGL’s agricultural team in the Gloucester and Hunter regions have raised almost $4000 for the men’s health charity Movember.
Andrew Lenehan, from the ‘Avondale’ property outside Gloucester and Simon Bannister, Matthew Dunn and Gerald Williams from the ‘Yellowrock’ property at Broke, said they were inspired to ‘grow a mo’ for Movember which raises money and awareness of men’s health issues. Andrew said men’s health, particularly mental health, was an important issue in rural communities.
“My uncle Tom was only a couple of years older than me. He was a mate and MC at my wedding. But sadly, he took his own life after a long battle with mental health issues,” he said.
“This was my motivation to help raise money for men’s mental health and to break down some of the stigma associated with it.
“Until men feel comfortable to discuss their issues and problems, it will continue to be an issue in the broader community, especially rural communities.”
Simon said his father gave him the motivation to get involved.
“This year it hit close to home for me, with my Dad having some health issues. It made me sit back and think and if anything reach out and communicate more with him. As a result, my Dad has joined the Men’s Shed which is a great way to have open conversations,” Simon said.
The team raised almost $4000, which doubled this year’s target of $2000 and overall AGL raised almost $48,000 for the Movember cause.
Despite the flack the four received from friends and work colleagues (not to mention their wives) the AGL Agribusiness team is keen to get behind this great cause next year.
“It’s a really easy way to make a difference - the ribbing is worth it,” Andrew said.