Mates Rally Support For Men’s Health

On the back of Shane Crawford’s recent run from Adelaide to Melbourne raising money for Breast Cancer, a group of mates from Manjimup are setting about a feat of their own.

The mates have been involved in the coaching of the Lower South West Football League’s, Landmark Country Football Championships team for the past three years. New coach for the 2011 Championships Paul Omodei was looking at a way to inspire the very best players from the League to make themselves available for next years team. So now they have turned their attention to also raising funds for charity and helping to promote the message to men in regional areas to be aware of their health.

“Mates 500 Relay” – mates running for men’s wellbeing, is the name of the run and the footnote given to assist in the message delivery. Beneficiaries from the run will be The Regional Men’s Health Initiative and Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. Money will be raised through various fundraising activities and sponsorship.

“Mates 500 Relay” will be conducted from 5am Tuesday 22nd March 2011 till 12.00pm Friday 25th March 2011. Six mates, Paul Omodei, Heath East, Anthony Stubberfield, Tim Lyster, Mat Johnston and Wayne Barnden will run in relay format almost 500km during the 79 hours. Each leg of the relay will be a minimum of 1km and on some days each runner will complete 27km. Along the way they will run through 11 towns across 5 different shires taking in the LSWFL district.

As well as raising valuable funds for these vital organisations there is a very real focus to raise the awareness of men’s health issues across the regions. Functions held each night of the “Mates 500 Relay” will be attended by members of the Regional Men’s Health Initiative and the Prostate Cancer Foundation conducting various activities and talks.

An organisation committee has been formed to cover all areas of the event and is headed by Chairman Andrew Adam, “The committee is excited with the opportunity to work together, with the help of the public, for such a great cause.”Mr Adam said
It is expected that prominent Sporting Identities, representatives from the WA Football Commission and even the Minister for Sport and Recreation the Hon Terry Waldron may attend some of the functions in the towns.

“Watch this space” Mr Adam said.

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