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Nine years of Menslink’s Business Breakfasts

HerCanberra Team

Menslink celebrates their ninth business breakfast this year with special guest speaker Lieutenant General David Morrison AO.

Lieutenant General Morrison AO, retired Chief of the Australian Army, will speak to over five hundred business leaders about helping young men avoid violence and suicide at a sold out business breakfast this coming Tuesday, 22 September.

“Young men face so many varied pressures and challenges in today’s society, weed to do what we can to help them to make the right decisions. This is a cause I’m very passionate about,” says Lt Gen Morrison AO.

Lieutenant General Morrison will be the keynote speaker for this week’s 9th annual Menslink Business Breakfast. He will be joined by other speakers – Menslink CEO Martin Fisk, Menslink’s Chair Michael Battenally and the MC, the ABC’s Adam Spencer.

Well known for his 2014 video address on violence against women that achieved over 1.5 million video views, Morrison is passionate about the betterment of our future generations, and in particular helping our young men engage positively in our community and break down gender stereotypes.

“I really value the work Menslink does to engage with our local community and reduce the stigma that comes with being a young man in today’s society,” Lt David Morrison continued.

HisCanberra’s Matt Harvey interviewed Menslink’s CEO Martin Fisk earlier this year. “I think, as a result of genetics and biology and also our overwhelming culture, guys are competitive and afraid of showing any form of weakness. For example, if you look at a schoolyard and see a young boy doing something where they show weakness or embarrassing just wait… you’ll soon see bullies arriving and weighing in telling them how terrible how they are,” says Martin.

With almost one in five teenagers no longer living with their father, Menslink’s services have never been more needed in Canberra, with volunteer mentoring an important aspect of Menslink’s work.

“Young men are overwhelmingly represented in school dropout, crime, violence and suicide rates across the Territory. The funds we raise from this event will allow us to provide services to the young men in our community who need it most,” says Martin.

The community can get involved by bidding on the Menslink online auction, with more than 20 great prizes donated by the Canberra community.

Prizes include a VIP lunch and tour with the Director of the Australian War Memorial, dinner for six at Aubergine Restaurant and 12 bottles of Clonakilla O’Riada Shiraz signed by famed Canberra Region winemaker, Tim Kirk.

Menslink is a local charity that has been supporting young men in the Canberra region for over twelve years though free counselling, volunteer mentoring and education programs.

Feature image: Raiders’ Dave Shillington addresses the audience about role models. Source: http://menslink.org.au/menslink-business-breakfast/

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