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Beaut blokes in BSW
**St John of God Geelong Hopital media release**
Last night, the inaugural ‘Building Beaut Blokes’ event was held at CFA’s Fire Station in Corio. The event was aimed at celebrating some of the great work happening in the region focused on male health through areas such as mental health, social connection, physical health and relationships.
During the evening, CFA Leading Firefighter Gavin Fitzgerald was presented with a recognition award, not only for his work at CFA, but also for the work her was doing around men’s health and mental health before he joined CFA.
LFF Fitzgerald was presented with the award by a friend who he supported following the death of his partner.
The concept for the event evolved from the Blokes Day Out, a community initiative to promote boys' and men's health and wellbeing. The event, staged earlier this year, saw more than 50 groups and organisations participate, with over 2000 people attending the Festival Day. Many community groups discovered links with other organisations and networking was a successful spin off from this grassroots event.
‘Building Beaut Blokes’ organisers Dianna Goodman from St John of God Hospital and Peter Kelly from Barwon Health wanted to capitalise on this interest between local groups.
“Many groups are working to provide improved health outcomes to men and boys within their community and these efforts can always be strengthened by alliances with other organisations. The ‘Help Mate!’ quick find directory was created after discussions with Barwon Health, Dads in Distress and Optus who all came together at the Blokes Day Out,” Peter said.
Celebrating and recognising the efforts of many dedicated individuals and organisations is the sole aim of the ‘Building Beaut Blokes’ event.
As Peter explained, the format for the evening was very simple: food and drink, networking and recognition of individuals and agencies that have had a positive impact on male health.
“Men that have experienced improved health outcomes will be the people actually describing their health experiences and how the specific individual/agency has supported them,” he said.
Early support for the first event was overwhelming and organisers were joined by over 80 interested individuals and representatives from organisations throughout the Barwon region.
“We are keen for this event to become an annual event and seek more recognition nominations from all parts of the community which reflect the different facets of life faced by men and boys,” Dianna said.