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How’z Ya Mate?

Monday, 29th May, 2017

Australis managing director Scott Jury, Lifeline’s Jonnah Ortega and Australis operations manager Luke Harper Green are looking forward to promoting the How’z Ya Mate campaign. Australis managing director Scott Jury, Lifeline’s Jonnah Ortega and Australis operations manager Luke Harper Green are looking forward to promoting the How’z Ya Mate campaign.

A roofing company has donated over $11,000 to Lifeline to help raise awareness about men’s health.

Brisbane roofing company Australis Roofing will donate $11,500 to sponsor local organisation Lifeline Broken Hill’s How’z Ya Mate campaign. 

Lifeline is partnering with AFL Broken Hill to launch the How’z Ya Mate campaign in August at the Jubilee Oval.

With its emphasis on the social, emotional and physical wellbeing of local men, the campaign encourages men to check the state of their own wellbeing as well as their mates.

“The idea is to get blokes to start thinking about their overall health,” Communication Coordinator Jonnah Ortega said.

“We want men to start talking about their health and for this conversation to become a regular topic amongst blokes. 

“Women don’t have a problem in discussing health issues with their girlfriends and hopefully this campaign will do the same for the blokes.”

Although the conception of the How’z Ya Mate campaign solely came within the walls of Lifeline Broken Hill, it is envisioned that the awareness campaign, which will be backed by a heavy social media blitz, has the potential of becoming a national initiative.

Round 18 of the local footy league will see the Jubilee oval filled; not just with local footy fans but local community service providers offering free health checks and talking to men about their overall health. 

“We are seeking the support of community service providers to get involved on the day and promote the services that they provide or for those working in health to perhaps offer blood pressure or blood sugar level checks,” Ms Ortega said.

Australis Roofing, who have been in the Silver City since November were initially approached by Lifeline Broken Hill as potential spokesmen for the campaign. 

“I love it here, Broken Hill has a great feel to it, people are great and just want to help out; because we mainly do insurance work, it’s not always the case and certainly hasn’t been in some communities we’ve worked in,” Managing Director Scott Jury said. 

“We are happy to help out; I just want to help people and I know how difficult it can be for us guys to seek help or even just go to the doctor let alone talk to someone about depression, money problems or gambling, whatever it may be.

“I think this can go a long way in changing the way us blokes think and feel about getting help. 

“Also for us, it was important to give back to the Broken Hill community; we are going to be here for a long time so knowing that we are giving back is a great feeling.”

Local community service providers wanting to get involved in the How’z Ya Mate campaign can contact Ms Ortega on 8087 7525 or via email comms@lifelinebrokenhill.org.au

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