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A big success… and a little undress

Daniel Bouwmeester    December 29, 2022    3 min read   

Column by Springfield Mo-Men

For the Springfield Mo-Men and our many supporters and generous donors, 2022 was truly a success from top to… bottom.

At our Gala Night on November 25, we celebrated 10 years of spreading the word about men’s health in our community, and we raised over $15,000 on the night!

This amount took us to $96,000 raised total – and that’s not including the sale of our new 2023 charity calendar (details below) – coming within striking distance of our $100,000 goal for the year.

Just two Ipswich men started this campaign 10 years ago, and now – depending on what happens in the last couple of weeks of the year – we might end up coming first in Queensland (in mid-December, at time of print, we were in the lead), and second in Australia (behind Total Tools), for highest Movember fundraising total of 2022. What a decade it’s been and what an achievement!

None of this could be achieved without the help of our community. We put on these events to help spread the word, but you also come along and dig deep into your pockets.

We would like to thank the small businesses that have helped us along on our journey – simply too many to mention. We are forever grateful for your time and sponsorship.

Image: Charis Mullen MP.

And, to all the new groups that are forming from the work we have done: keep going, and we will support you all along the way.

Adult content warning: our ‘cheeky’ charity calendar!

To help us get across that final fundraising hurdle, Springfield Mo-Men partnered with business mastermind and fellow Movember advocate Mick Burrill and VM Family Law to produce a nude calendar cheekily titled Jingle Balls, and starring Mick himself, the Mo-Men (Mark, Paul, and Matt) and a bunch of other brave blokes from the community – all for a good cause, of course!

Visit our website at www.springfieldmomen.com.au and grab your copy for $25 while supplies last!

Who we are

All images: Springfield Mo-Men.

The Movember Foundation is a charity that supports research into combatting testicular and prostate cancer, and promotes awareness about mental health and wellbeing and suicide prevention.

Our regular Mo-Men activities include Steak With Mates, our monthly dinner, held on Friday evenings in support of Springfield’s local pubs, and The Man Walk, a 5 km morning walk held twice a week – on Thursdays at 6am around Orion Lagoon, and on Saturdays at 6:30am, meeting up at The Coffee Club at Orion.

We also promote local trustworthy counsellors who will offer a first session free if you mention our group.

For more information on all of our activities and events, visit our website www.springfieldmomen.com.au and check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/springfieldmomen. For other enquiries, contact Mark Winter at mark.winter@loanmarket.com.au or visit au.movember.com/report-cards.

Daniel Bouwmeester

Daniel was born in a mining town in New South Wales to Dutch and Welsh immigrants, before relocating to Logan City, where he attended Canterbury College for twelve years. He pursued his passion for music by completing a first-class honours degree at the University of Queensland (UQ), and later signed with a local record label. He has travelled the world from a young age, including a student exchange in rural France, a job working the ski lifts in Colorado, and visits to the islands of the South Pacific. After a six-year career in market research, Daniel returned to UQ to complete a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts dual degree, majoring in political science. His varied experiences at home and abroad have contributed to a passion for spreading good news while defending the truth buried inside complex societal paradigms.