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March 2020

Menslink’s Big Night Out 2020 *** CANCELLED ***

March 27 @ 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit
Canberra, ACT 2600 Australia
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We are sad to say that our Big Night Out 2020 is cancelled due to the ongoing and ever-changing situation with the Coronavirus, and associated restrictions on mass gatherings. At Menslink, the physical and mental wellbeing of all our clients, staff, volunteers and stakeholders is of the utmost importance to us. We look forward to an even bigger Big Night Out in 2021.   The Menslink Annual 'Big Night Out' is back in 2020! We will have our annual ALLBIDS Charity auction, so make sure to bring your wallet for the auction of all auctions. Some of our big ticket items from last year featured a weekend away at Terry Snow’s Willinga Park Equestrian Centre, a real estate sales package from one of Canberras’ top agents, A home renovation packages from Southern Innovations and a Volkswagen Amarok from Lennock Volkswagen. Sounds like the night just can’t get any better? Well, guess again. Your tickets and any other additional money raised go directly to benefiting Menslink programs, and to help all young men in Canberra create a better…

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April 2020

Kick2Kick 4 a Cause

April 4 - April 5

 It’s on again!! Kick4aCause is back in 2020!! Kick4aCause is an annual 24-hour marathon fundraising event of 'kick-to-kick' Aussie Rules Football, and the wonderful gents over at Kick4aCause will again generously donate the funds raised to Menslink, enabling us to continue to provide support for young guys in our community. The event brings together friends, families and colleagues from all walks of life to have a kick!   Great fun and a good ‘get together’! Check out the webpage to find out more and see how you can get involved. Kick off is April 4-5, 2020 https://www.kick4acause.net…

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Menslink Midweeker with Dion Devow *** POSTPONED ***

April 22 @ 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 an 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 women and men 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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May 2020

Menslink Midweeker with Ben Farrinazzo *** POSTPONED ***

May 20 @ 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 women and men 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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June 2020

Menslink Midweeker with Ray Johnson *** POSTPONED ***

June 17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Gryphons Caffe & Bar, 16 Barker Street
Griffith, ACT 2603 Australia
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Assistant Commissioner Ray Johnson joined the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in 1985. Since then he has carried out a full range of general policing and investigations duties both within ACT Policing and across Australia, investigating serious and organised crime at a local and national level. Assistant Commissioner Johnson has also undertaken international missions in East Timor, Cyprus and China where he was the regional manager for AFP international operations in north Asia, based in Beijing. He has held diverse command roles leading Special Operations, Professional Standards and AFP operations in both the Northern Territory and New South Wales. He commenced the role of Chief Police Officer for the ACT on 12 November 2018. Midweekers are available to women and men 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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July 2020

Menslink Midweeker with Matt Harvey *** POSTPONED ***

July 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Gryphons Caffe & Bar, 16 Barker Street
Griffith, ACT 2603 Australia
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After a severe knee injury, Canadian born Matt Harvey knew it was unlikely that he would play ice hockey again. Even when he tried to return to the sport he loved, he was forced to stop midseason due to the excruciating pain.  Faced with many challenges, unable to work, let alone walk, Harvey put his creative writing diploma to good use and penned his first novella A Hockey Nightmare. Six years later and the 33-year-old Canadian finds himself leading the Canberra Brave on their mission to win back to back Australian Ice Hockey League titles. Midweekers are available to women and men 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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August 2020

Menslink Midweeker with Casper Aniversario *** POSTPONED ***

August 12 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Gryphons Caffe & Bar, 16 Barker Street
Griffith, ACT 2603 Australia
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Casper is known for cutting the locks of our city's most famous footballers. He became barber to the stars in 2009 when a young Canberra Raider arrived at training with a traditional Maori design shaved into the side of his head. Before long Casper's client list read like a "who's who" in the sporting world, everyone from Christian Lealiifano to Patty Mills! In the last three years, Canberra's most famous barber has become the father of four daughters: Eva (from wife Camille's first marriage) Twins Franki and Gigi, and Acacia. This brought on some big changes for Casper including starting a new salon so he can spend more time with his family. https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/5996975/forget-the-raiders-casper-the-barber-has-his-own-tiny-girl-squad/ Midweekers are available to women and men 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 2020

Menslink Midweeker with Zack Bryers *** POSTPONED ***

September 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Gryphons Caffe & Bar, 16 Barker Street
Griffith, ACT 2603 Australia
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He's been a homeless teenager, a soldier in Afghanistan, a gridiron player for Australia, a Churchill Fellow, a youth worker on call 24/7 and now a business owner. After leaving home at 15, Zack couch surfed and spent time on the streets, before he set a goal to join the army which turned his life around. He spent tours of duty in Afghanistan before post-traumatic stress disorder saw him medically discharged. So, Zack set himself another goal – to make the Australian gridiron team within 18 months. Remarkably, he was playing in the World Cup in the United States within 17 months. He then trained as a youth worker and was YouthCare Canberra’s first full-time outreach worker. In 2018, Zack was named ACT Young Australian of the Year for his work with at-risk youth. Today, he juggles professional speaking with running Bryers and Associates, a company that helps small businesses grow and leave a lasting legacy. Midweekers are available to women and men 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 2020

Menslink Midweeker with Dave Oliver *** POSTPONED ***

October 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Gryphons Caffe & Bar, 16 Barker Street
Griffith, ACT 2603 Australia
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Rugby union has been a part of Dave's life for longer than he can remember. It was never something he just did on weekends. It became his identity. Dave started playing when he was at Cranbrook after moving to Sydney for school when I was 12, then joined Easts. Eventually he became a manager and a coach at the club. He knew he was gay at about age 17. He struggled to come to terms with what was going on through his late teens, hoping it may have been fleeting bi-sexuality. But he hid his sexuality for 18 years,  struggling with addiction as he tried to cope with the shame he felt. Dave has been in recovery for three years and after some serious soul searching he now wants to tell as many people as possible, mainly blokes, that things are going to be OK. Dave intends to build a resource for presentation to students and rugby players to share his story and raise awareness about toxic shame and why it is important to have genuinely inclusive rugby clubs. Midweekers are available to women and men 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 families.…

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Menslink Business Breakfast 2020

October 27 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
TBC, TBC
Canberra, ACT 2601 Australia

Download the flyer here.   The Menslink Business Breakfast is our annual business fundraising event and draws hundreds of business leaders from across Canberra to hear from inspiring speakers, network with other community-minded people, and support the great work of Menslink. The Menslink Business Breakfast continues its tradition in 2020 of hosting important speakers on issues of critical importance to the Canberra Community. Join us as we take this event online to your workplace via our live broadcast from the Region Media studio. Support Menslink at this fundraising event along with other members and leaders in the Canberra business community. This years event is a ‘pay what you can afford’ ticket to join the broadcast. You set the price. Join as a group at work, tune in if you’re working remotely from home and invite your colleagues from interstate who may never get to join our annual business breakfast in person. If your workplace commits to $1,000 or more you will receive acknowledgment during the event and for the rest of the year as a Menslink sponsor. All of the profits from the event go directly to support our programs that have been supporting young men in Canberra since 2002. Book…

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