We are offering four grants of up to $2,000 for groups in Stonnington to run activities that promote the health and welfare of men. These grants will be advertised in February and preference will be given to projects which support the more vulnerable and marginalized men in our community.
In our very first project Men of Malvern raised $52,000 to offer 36 communities, Australia wide, the opportunity of running health promotion events during the 2013 and 2014 International Men’s Health weeks.
We partnered with Foundation 49 (F49) at Cabrini Health who had previously supported this programme, but had been unable fund this in the previous 3 years,
After a national advertising process, 76 communities applied. The F49 staff, along with Doug Lording and Greg Thompson, representing the Men of Malvern, short listed 30 worthwhile recipients.
At this time the Department of Health and Aging generously offered $20,000 so that in all we funded 36 communities.
Nearly 2000 men participated in these activities. Late teens, twenty somethings and older men were involved with the majority in the 40-60 age group.
There was a wide variety of events focusing around healthy eating, activity, talks with experts, and health resource development. Supported groups included isolated country towns, remote indigenous men, disadvantaged men in rooming houses, disabled or handicapped men, gay radio and Men’s Sheds.
Why didn’t we fund this again in 2015? The good news was that after us providing the funds to get this up and running again, another sponsor had seen the merits of this programme and offered to fund the grants. Thanks to all the founding members of Men of Malvern who contributed the funds to achieve this. Our $30,000 has led to about $80,000 of activities. A great outcome!