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August 2021

Menslink Midweeker with Ben Farrinazzo

August 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Gryphons Caffe & Bar, 16 Barker Street
Griffith, ACT 2603 Australia
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Remarkable physical strength helped Ben Farrinazzo, former Australian Army officer, to achieve two gold medals at the Invictus Games. His mental strength is the real story of his success at the Invictus Games. Mr Farinazzo's journey to the Games began with his deployment to East Timor in the late 1990s, something he regards as a highlight of his career because of the deep emotional connection he forged with the locals. However, his service left him with emotional scars, eventually being diagnosed with PTSD. Ben Decided to use sport as a way to get on top of his physical and mental health, a fall on his mountain bike set him back again after breaking his neck and back in five places. In Hospital, Ben had to learn to walk again and it was in here that he had some important realisations about how to cope with life's challenges. Midweekers are available to people of all ages who want to come and listen to inspiring stories from our local men, as well as to understand some of the key issues facing young guys in our region. You don’t have to be a guy to come to a Midweeker – just interested in supporting young guys and their…

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September 2021

Menslink Midweeker with Bill Stefaniak

September 29 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Gryphons Caffe & Bar, 16 Barker Street
Griffith, ACT 2603 Australia

Bill Stefaniak is a former Major in the Australian Army Reserve, former leader of the Opposition in the ACT, President of long term Menslink supporter 'ACT Veteran's Rugby Club'  and currently the Appeals President of the ACT Civil & Administrative Tribunal. Throughout his lifetime Bill has shown great leadership and determination. In 2018 Bill experienced an enormous family tragedy, losing a son in a horrific car accident and enduring the subsequent investigations. This event understandably changed his life forever.   https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-19/angela-smith-jozef-stefaniak-canberra-sentence/10916646   Midweekers are available to people of all ages who want to come and listen to inspiring stories from our local men, as well as to understand some of the key issues facing young guys in our region. You don’t have to be a guy to come to a Midweeker – just interested in supporting young guys and their…

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October 2021

Menslink Midweeker with Dion Devow

October 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Gryphons Caffe & Bar, 16 Barker Street
Griffith, ACT 2603 Australia
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Dion has over 20 years of experience working in and around community development and has established two successful businesses. Dion was awarded ACT NAIDOC Person of The Year for 2016. Dion is also an Ambassador for Indigenous Community Volunteers and was appointed to the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body. Dion was deeply honoured by being named ACT Australian of the Year 2018. He hopes to use this profile to encourage Indigenous business and to progress the many social initiatives he has established. Midweekers are available to people of all ages who want to come and listen to inspiring stories from our local men, as well as to understand some of the key issues facing young guys in our region. You don’t have to be a guy to come to a Midweeker – just interested in supporting young guys and their…

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November 2021

Menslink Midweeker with Mohammed Ali

November 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Gryphons Caffe & Bar, 16 Barker Street
Griffith, ACT 2603 Australia
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Mohammed Ali is a retired biochemist, former Multicultural Volunteer of the Year, and founder of Helping ACT – a local charity that strives to facilitate and encourage members of Canberra’s diverse society to give to those who need it to build a more compassionate and caring community. Mr Ali says that his desire to help people came from his vast experiences throughout life, including growing up and working in Pakistan, Nigeria, and then Australia. Mohammed was one of seven siblings in a humble Pakistani family, and he was always supported and encouraged by his family to study and work as hard as he could to enjoy a better life. Thanks to his hard work, he was a great student; as well as being a gold medallist in biochemistry at Karachi University, Mohammed topped his course in both Honours and in his Masters, and was immediately offered a teaching position after he graduated. Mr Ali spent 3 years teaching in Nigeria before moving to Canberra in 1991, and he was shocked by the scenes of poverty he simply thought would not be around in our country. “I had a dream that when I went to Australia, I wouldn’t see these problems – but here also you see struggling families and homeless people,” Mohammed said. “These people need food – it’s a basic human right.” “I thought that we have to help.”   Join us to hear how Mohammed Ali made the decision to start Helping ACT three years ago, and how he continues to facilitate and encourage the provision of food security to the vulnerable – mostly refugees and asylum seekers, homeless people, international students, and anyone else in need. Midweekers are available to people of all ages who want to come and listen to inspiring stories from our local men, as well as to understand some of the key issues facing young guys in our region. You don’t have to be a guy to come to a Midweeker – just interested in supporting young guys and their…

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