On Saturday 26 November, not only were we celebrating 40 years as an independent supplier of plumbing, bathroom, kitchen and laundry products, but we were also witness to a great act of generosity from one of our customers. Tom Stephens from GEOCON (pictured above left), winner of $10,000 worth of domestic or international travel, graciously donated his winnings towards Menslink, a charity we proudly support in Canberra. We couldn't be more pleased with the result.
Who are Menslink?
Menslink supports young men by educating and encouraging them to speak up, get help and to help their mates. They provide counselling to get them through stressful life events involving themselves or those around them. And they also provide mentoring support from positive male role models, especially beneficial for young guys who are socially isolated or no longer live with their father.
Why do we support Menslink?
Because we work in an industry where we come into daily contact with a large number of young men, as plumbing and other apprentices in the building industry. We’ve also employed hundreds of young men over the years, many of whom had no idea where they were heading when they left school. They simply had “fallen through the cracks”. They couldn’t make it to university. They didn’t want to be tradespeople. Most of them hadn’t made it to the final year of high school. And some came from troubled backgrounds. We've lost two ex-staff members to suicide in the last twenty years, and the loss deeply impacted our staff and organisation. We're confident that had Menslink been operating then, and had contact with those two people at a time when they were floundering, then they would be enjoying very productive lives today.
Quite often, all young people need is inspiration and to be shown the right path in life. They may have endured patterns of behaviour in the home which are abnormal. They may have underlying mental and social problems. Menslink is the diversion on the road. It points young men in the right direction, away from abuse, insecurity and depression. We think what Menslink do is truly wonderful and we fully support the services they provide. We would also like to thank Tom again for his kindness and generosity.
If you or anyone else you know could benefit from the services Menslink offers, please contact them here.
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