Mongrels Men

Mongrels Men was founded and is run by Tim Hewson – corporate executive, father of 3 and Northern Beaches local. It’s a grass roots community that exists to improve the physical and mental health and wellbeing of men aged 30-65 through sport, fitness, exercise, connection, conversation and community. Tim and Mongrels Men has focused on a number of local community activities to deliver on its mission: • Connection - by creating opportunities for men to get together through sport, physical activity, exercise and participation in organised events new male relationships and support communities have been created. • Community beach & trail runs, walk & talks, yoga & Pilates sessions, sunrise surfing sessions, endurance walks, coffee meet ups and social soccer sessions to promote community and prompt connection & conversation amongst men. Tim runs sunrise beach running & walk & talk sessions in Dee Why every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (rain, hail or shine) as well as Social Soccer every Thursday night at Seaforth Oval. • Competitive Team Sports: he also organises for men to participate in competitive winter & summer soccer teams as well as regional basketball competitions. • Organised events: male, female & family group participation in events like the City to Surf, Cole Classic Sun Run & the Sydney Half Marathon. • Charity Events: he organises group participation in charity sporting and fundraising events like the Mr Perfect Cup & Tombsy Cup as well as other fundraising activities like Movember, RUOK Day, the 100km Challenges, the 30m Walking Handstand Challenge, a 37km Palmy to Manly Walk & Talk as well as the 80km Bondi to Manly Walk to raise money for men’s health charities. • Signature Events: Tim also organised the Mongrel Masters Charity Golf Championship in November 2020 with 50 players turning up to raise money for men’s mental health. In the last 18 months, Tim has raised over $40,000 for men’s health charities like Gotcha4Life, Mr Perfect, Movember, RUOK & Pancare through his Mongrels Men activities and community groups. He also a passionate advocate for mental health in his professional career where he chairs the Mental Health First Aid Working Group at ING Bank where he is responsible for coordinating the training, experience and activities of 75 mental health first aiders across ING. He is also spreading the message on how important it is for men to get off the couch, exercise and connect in local community groups for better health through podcasts interviews with Mr Perfect, Hustle Talk and Have a Chat with Vaughan Hay. He knows men connect, communicate and dig deeper more effectively when they engage in activity, movement or exercise. The proof is in the massive community of over 800 men in the Mongrels Men community who support him, turn up and participate in the events Tim organises. Tim is on a mission to improve men’s mental and physical health & wellbeing through community, connection, communication and exercise and has achieved so much over the past 18 months for men on the Northern Beaches. Many of whom have admitted that without the support of the Mongrels Men community group activities that they may not have survived what has been a viciously tough year for mental and physical health.

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