I'm a freelance writer who lives on the Bellarine Peninsula. I enjoy finding new things to see and do in the beautiful area that I live in.
We often hear about inequality between the sexes, and it's usually in favour of males. But in the case of special days, especially regarding health and wellbeing, men often seem to get the short end of the stick. It seems that there are more of these days dedicated to women- in fact we have only just finished celebrating International Women's Day. Do men get days, or weeks, in fact, devoted to them and their manliness? If they do, they aren't very well advertised because you don't often hear about them (with the exception of Movember, of course).
One organisation that is striving to change this, however, and give men the chance to celebrate their masculinity, is Barwon Health. On Sunday March 24, they, in conjunction with the City Of Greater Geelong and a variety of Geelong-based companies, will be holding Bloke's Day Out, a festival dedicated to the celebration of boys and men. Held at the picturesque Eastern Beach Reserve on the Geelong Waterfront from 10am to 3pm, the event will focus on a variety of men's health and wellbeing issues, with local businesses representing their products, resources and information to the public.
Stalls last year included a variety of sporting clubs, representatives from various health groups including Beyond Blue, Kidney Health Australia and Australian Hearing (amongst many more), and various interest groups such as Men's Sheds, Parks Victoria and the Department of Veterans Affairs. This year, the 4th annual Bloke's Day Out hopes to recognise the connections that men and young boys make in the community, especially with their family and friends, and encourage them to maintain these important relationships to receive the most out of life.
Gentlemen are invited to come to this unique free event with their family and friends (the event is touted as family friendly for all of those concerned about the kind of 'masculine' entertainment the day entails), and enjoy a leisurely day on the Geelong Waterfront. There will be food, entertainment and activities galore for all ages, so you will be sure to find something to keep you interested, even if you're not a bloke.