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12 Hour Count Down

Posted on Saturday 28th

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.

 

Prevent Burnout: TAKE BACK YOUR MENTAL HEALTH!

Posted on Thursday 12th

If constant stress has you feeling helpless, disillusioned, and completely exhausted, you may be on the road to burnout. When you’re burned out, problems seem insurmountable, everything looks bleak, and it’s difficult to muster up the energy to care, let alone take action to help yourself. The unhappiness and detachment caused by burnout can threaten your job, your relationships, and your health. But by recognising the earliest warning signs, you can take steps to prevent it. Or if you’ve already hit breaking point, there are plenty of things you can do to regain your balance and start to feel positive and hopeful again.

check out the below link that gives great insight towards getting back on top of your mental health. 

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/burnout-prevention-and-recovery.htm

 

Where does the money go?

Posted on Wednesday 21st

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.

Stay Dapper,

Alex.

 

 

6 weeks to go!

Posted on Saturday 17th
I am still seeking as much support as I can to spread awareness of Men’s Health and raise as much funds as I can towards a cause close to my heart (even if my goal is reached, the more funds - the more support for Men’s Health). Please dig deep and give, if you wish, and also take some time to check out the information the DGR website has to offer.
 

THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN’S RIDE AND THE MOVEMBER FOUNDATION ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO TACKLE MEN’S HEALTH ISSUES.

PROSTATE CANCER

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.

SUICIDE PREVENTION | MEN'S MENTAL HEALTH

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.

If you are unable to give towards Men’s Health; please share my fundraising page or the info onto others to start supporting Men’s Health. 
 
Massive thank you,
 
Alex Marstella. 
 
Keep well and look out for the ones close to you.
Stay dapper.

Raise the bar!

Posted on Saturday 10th

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,

Alex. 

$1200 Trivia Night

Posted on Friday 9th

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.

Are You Ok?

Posted on Sunday 4th

Some quick helplines to be able to talk and seek support.

For all - Beyond blue - Call 1300 22 4636.

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/

For all - Lifeline - Call 13 11 14.

https://www.lifeline.org.au/

For Teachers - Employee assistance program - Call 1800 604 640.

https://education.qld.gov.au/initiatives-and-strategies/health-and-wellbeing/workplaces/eap

For Firefighters - Fire & Emergency services support network - Call 1300 309 508. Counselling Call 1800 805 980.

https://www.qfes.qld.gov.au/fessn 

 

 

$500 Through Money Board

Posted on Wednesday 31st

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.

Join me on the Ride for Men's Health in The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

Posted on Tuesday 30th

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.

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Dgr Trivia Night

11 Teams, Best T.I. Trivia Night Ever! Well done to Tagai Turtles 1 for the win!

$817 USD
Tagai Secondary Staff

Well done Alex with your money board and best of luck towards your fundraising goal.

$344 USD
Alexander Marstella

$145 USD
Jan Hadeler

Goof luck and good on you

$71 USD
Jasmin Ford

$68 USD
Coin Collection

Gold & Silver coins collected

$47 USD
Anonymous

You have a lovely package. Keep on keeping it shiny and plump.

$35 USD
Suman Chowdhury

$35 USD
Alita

Great work Alex!

$35 USD
Anonymous

Great cause, hope it all goes well!!!

$35 USD
Annon O'mouse

$34 USD
Em & Josh Bishop

Way to go Alex!

$34 USD
Captain Richard Muhamad Qfes

Eso for your efforts. Your ride is special to me, as it raises funds for something close to my heart. Mina big eso!

$34 USD
Emma Johnson

Great work Alex and Tammy!

$21 USD
Jess Miller

$21 USD
Chris Larosa

You’re a legend buddy. Great work on the Trivia Night and just being an awesome guy.

$20 USD
Lisa Mcguire

Well done! Have a great ride.

$14 USD
Amy Laban

Get there!

$14 USD
Jane Mellors

Great work

$14 USD
Anonymous

Well done Alex

$14 USD
Sean Fricke

For the most distinguished gentleman I know!

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Leitha Assan

$14 USD
Nathan Mcguire

Enjoy the ride mate!

$14 USD
Fiona Cairns

Wish you all the best with your fundraising.

$14 USD
Brad Redding

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