Message from Bec Forrest
I don’t think anyone that attended last year’s event was quite ready for the incredible raw truth that presented itself on the stage. Many tears were shared and I’ve been informed that a number of men in the audience suffered from blisters on their bottom lip for the week that followed as they bit down hard to avoid shedding them.
It was a truly inspirational day and I thank everyone that had the courage to brace the stage and share a piece of themselves – you have paved the way for more men to share and us to evolve this event and do more to support Territory men.
As I have mentioned previously, I’m a huge fan of men. Earlier this year I was quite ill requiring a number of surgeries that had me unable to walk to the letterbox, let alone look after my kids or have the energy to coordinate events. It was my dad that came to my rescue and moved to Darwin for two months to play the role of a Hitler style Mary Poppins to my two young boys. He was my carer, chauffeur, nanny, chef and cleaner.
My partner was absolutely devoted to taking me to and from the hospital and medical appointments, foregoing the basic human need of a good night’s sleep for a number of months.
A local restauranteur, who wishes not to be named, dropped off food parcels to help get us through and men in my orbit offered support and helped with the heavy lifting of moving house and supporting the set up of any events that I was doing in East Arnhem and locally.
It was truly remarkable and I am so grateful for their kindness and love. It is an honour to support men in my community by presenting this event. I would also like to throw it out there that my aim for this event is to identify key priority areas that I can work on, in partnership with anyone that’s keen. I want to work on projects that will help you and present updates at certain times in the year, such as Men’s Health Week in June and report back on progress at this event next year.
So please don’t be shy! I’m all ears if you have an idea. Thank you again for being the incredible men you are!