12 hours until DGR 2019. With the generosity of my friends, colleagues and community members. I have reached far beyond the 2019 goal.
I’m blessed to be living a healthy and happy life, and am blessed to have the amount of support I do. However many out there are struggling and or are hiding there struggles by putting on a brave persona.
Thank you to everyone who donated to my fundraising. We together will impact lives.
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A lot of people I speak with when I talk about fundraising for the DGR are almost always somewhat sceptical about 'Where does the money go?'.
Unlike some charity organisations the DGR team is clear and transparent with their investment report. The overall money raised is devided between Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom, United States of America and the rest of the world. Below is information of the investments for Australia 2016-2018.
The Movember Foundation allocated a total of AUD $972,434
of the 2016 DGR Campaign proceeds to five projects:
1. Prostate Cancer Biomed Research New Concepts Grants $398,738
2. Prostate Cancer Biomed Research Young Investigators Grant $100,000
3. Prostate Cancer Biomed Research Expansion of proPSMA Study $230,588
4. Prostate Cancer Survivorship TrueNTH Digital Self-Management $97,243
5. Mental Health Suicide Prevention Australian Social Innovators Challenge $145,865
The Movember Foundation allocated a total of $1,087,877 AUD
of the 2017 DGR Campaign proceeds to four projects:
1. Prostate Cancer Biomed Research Clinician Scientist Award $351,669
2. Prostate Cancer Biomed Research Clinical Trials Award $92,372
3. Prostate Cancer Survivorship TrueNTH Sexual Health Project $321,918
4. Mental Health Health Promotion Movember SpeakEasy Live Events $321,918
The Movember Foundation allocated a total of $1,277,977 AUD
of the 2018 DGR Campaign proceeds to four projects:
1. Prostate Cancer Biomed Research Prostate Cancer Research Alliance $463,476.59
2. Prostate Cancer Clinical Quality TrueNTH Australia $231,738.30
3. Prostate Cancer Survivorship TrueNTH Global Registry $119,285.71
4. Mental Health Health Promotion Veterans & First Responders $463,476.59
If you want to know more about the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride, take the time to navigate the tab on this page 'ABOUT DGR'.
I myself am in the final weeks of fundraising and have organised a "Change 4 Change" money box, a fantastic idea I learnt from a fellow fundraiser last year named Kat from the Toowoomba Ride. Kat was the Bronze Fundraiser for Toowoomba and has a heart bigger than the bike she rides. It is suprising how much can be raised just from collecting change (Silver and or gold).
I am excited to see what total I can reach and am already so thankful to all of my sponsors. As you can clearly see my goal has been met; however the goal is always to continue to fundraise for the cause.
Prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in men. The Movember Foundation is the largest funder of prostate cancer programs in the world.
3 out of 4 suicides are men
510,000 men die from suicide globally each year. That’s one every minute. This has to change.
The causes of suicide are complex. There’s no single reason why men take their own lives, but we do know that by improving overall mental health we can reduce the risk of suicide. There’s no shame in checking in your own mental wellbeing, and those close to around you.
WOW! I cannot believe the support we are recieving towards Men's Health Awareness, Prostate Cancer, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.
Last year Tammy and I were able to raise $2,477 - with my 2018 goal being to raise $2,000.
Due to the success of the recent Thursday Island Trivia Night we have raised the bar and will try to reach $2,500 to go above and beyond last years fundraising. so if you haven’t already supported us, dig deep! It is for a great cause.
Recently in the last couple of months people in our community have been directly affected by tragic events directly relating to what The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride is about; making awareness of men's health and suicide prevention.
Please, if you feel you cannot commit financially to the cause through supporting my fundraising page, simply sharing it on social media or texing it to your contacts asking for support will be a great help to so many gents, people and families in the world who are impacted by what the DGR fights for. Also just speaking with family and friends about The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride and what it is for will help get conversations going.
Thanks for taking the time to read my page and this blog,
A massive thank you to all of the people on Thursday Island who came out to enjoy a night of trivia. We had 11 teams show up on the night, with people giving extra making a grand total of $1200. During the evening we had some individuals give even more $. Tammy and I are so grateful for everyone turning up and enjoying the evening with us. We hope it was a fun and relaxing night that brings fond memories for all who attended.
A big congratulations to Tagai Turtles 1, who won the night on 79 points!!! They got themselves a trophy to remember the event and their support for Men’s Health :)
The biggest thanks goes to my amazing wife who I couldn’t do any of this without. She is my rock and my support!
Trivia Night was loads of fun and again we thank you for helping us raise funds for the DGR!
Thank you Thursday Island.
Some quick helplines to be able to talk and seek support.
For all - Beyond blue - Call 1300 22 4636.
For all - Lifeline - Call 13 11 14.
For Teachers - Employee assistance program - Call 1800 604 640.
For Firefighters - Fire & Emergency services support network - Call 1300 309 508. Counselling Call 1800 805 980.
To end the 2019 school term 2, I announced the winner of the Tagai State College Money Board. Tagai State College Secondary Campus is my school where I am a teacher in the Torres Strait (Queensland, Australia). The money board is a great way to fundraise. This year (just like last year) each number from 1 - 100 was worth $10. The winning number recieved $500 while the other $500 went towards my DGR Ride.
I have to thank all of the generous staff I work with; the teachers, cleaners, groundsmen, admin officers and leadership team members. Without them this sort of fundraiing is very hard to accomplish.
This years winner was a great friend of mine and brilliant music teacher, who left the profession to follow a dream of becoming a permenant firefighter - which he now is in Brisbane, Queensland.
Our work place is a great source of support for people going through tough times and that is shown as soon as I began to seek support for my DGR fundrasing. I urge all fundraisers to put the word out in your work places; You will be amazed at the people that will step up and give a little for a great cause. It also gets talk happening which is needed in terms of mental health.
Best of luck for the fundraising everyone and thank you to my supporters.
On Sunday the 29th of September, I will don my finest attire with my fellow men and women across the globe to join the fight with The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride to raise awareness for prostate cancer and men's mental health. But before I press my tweed and polish my boots, I need you to donate what you can for this meaningful cause and help me reach my goal.
For your uncles, your brothers, your fathers and friends. Donate what you can, for their lives need not end.
11 Teams, Best T.I. Trivia Night Ever! Well done to Tagai Turtles 1 for the win!
Well done Alex with your money board and best of luck towards your fundraising goal.
Goof luck and good on you
Gold & Silver coins collected
You have a lovely package. Keep on keeping it shiny and plump.
Great work Alex!
Great cause, hope it all goes well!!!
Way to go Alex!
Eso for your efforts. Your ride is special to me, as it raises funds for something close to my heart. Mina big eso!
Great work Alex and Tammy!
You’re a legend buddy. Great work on the Trivia Night and just being an awesome guy.
Well done! Have a great ride.
Well done Alex
For the most distinguished gentleman I know!
Enjoy the ride mate!
Wish you all the best with your fundraising.