Our community of men on the NSW South Coast have hearts for service. Initiated by the men of the Nowra Table both to draw more men towards their Table and to assist the emerging Bay & Basin Table with new members, we recently attended the Huskisson local markets.
Fully decked out in Men’s Table merch and ready to chat, Steve Alford, Kym Heffernan, Kez Thompson, Michael McMartin and John Bot gave hours of their time to engage with the local community and share their Men’s Table experiences.
Not only did we have interest from local men, but also Marine Rescue, Rotary and the Lions Club organisations have expressed interest in having MT present to them in the near future..
As we’ve grown, we become more aware of the vital role getting into community plays in forming strong Tables. This outing tapped us into many local networks – the Jervis Bay Brewery owner offered his venue for a fundraising trivia night which we will certainly look at during 2023; community radio supported us with publicity; the Shoalhaven City Council have shared us with their networks; and registrations have increased as a result.
A special shout out to Jamie McAinsh who offered the venue for the Huskisson Entrée – possibly the coolest venue for a Table, overlooking Jervis Bay.
The same weekend we spent time at the Eurobodalla Community Wellbeing Groups Expo to meet locals, understand the appetite for a Table in that community and network with other groups that focus on wellbeing and good health. A shout out to Greg Nance, Tim Narraway, and Wayne Ellison from the Tuross Table, and Paul Spooner, Doug Bruce, Andrew Glasgow, Trevor Kohlhagen and Duncan McDiarmid from the Batemans Bay Table for their time and energy.
Our community is growing fast, more and more men see the value in having a place to connect and talk with other men on a regular basis and in a place where they feel comfortable to share. We see plenty of opportunities for men in our community who would like to volunteer their time and effort to help us connect with more men, get them off the couch and into our community.
The value our volunteers bring is immeasurable, and we are always incredibly grateful for – and humbled by – the spirit of generosity, kindness, and genuine care you all bring to other men. Our sincere thanks to each and every volunteer – both for these two events, and other events you have shown up for in 2022. Bring on 2023!
If you’d like to be part of our volunteer Kitchen Hand brigade, reach out and let us know. There’s plenty you can do to help!