The Aglime of Australia Mates 500 Relay is a 1500 kilometre 11 day running event from Mukinbudin in the Wheatbelt to Manjimup in the Great Southern and will take place on Monday the 24th March 2014.

A team of 6 runners per day will run 1 km per person in relay fashion over the 11 days, with each runner averaging approximately 26 kilometres every day.

The beneficiaries of this relay are The Regional Men's Health Initiative (RMHI) and the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCFA). This year's event hopes to build on the $20,000 previously raised as well as increase the profile of men's health & wellbeing issues in regional areas.

This event builds on two previous Mates 500 Relays which were in 2011 where 6 runners ran 500km in relay fashion over 4 days and in 2012 where the same 6 runners ran 1000km over 7 days. The runners in these two events were Wayne Barnden, Paul Omedie, Heath East, Tim Lister, Matt Johnston, and Anthony Stubberfield. This year three of the original runners Wayne Barnden, Paul Omedie and Matt Johnston will be attempting to run the full 11 days.

For us as an organization this event is important for the following main reasons:

1. Increasing the Awareness of Men's Health & Wellbeing

This event gives us another very important tool towards both accessing blokes where they are and improving men's wellbeing, this happens in the immediate short term and continues over time to stimulate both men and communities to take action to look after themselves.This year the Aglime of Australia Mates 500 run over 11 days will engage with men and community at the grass roots level. You can't beat it! It is taking education and awareness to the people with men's wellbeing events being held in 11 towns over the course of the relay.

The increase in awareness of Mens health & wellbeing outcomes takes time and combined with the empowerment of people through education we can form a  solid foundation for improving the disparity in men's health and wellbeing outcomes.

2. Funds Raised.

Funds raised are put towards projects that we don't ordinarily have funds to complete ie/ aren't part of our core funding!

In the past we have used some of these funds towards making our educational DVD titled: "Making Their Mark" The Challenges Facing Young Men and to purchase other educational resources such as books. This year we are also sponsoring a "Talk to a Mate" Men's Wellbeing round in the WACFL which will enable us to touch base with an important demographic of men across the state.All the best to the runners, support staff, many volunteers and sponsors who are making this year's event happen.

Cheers
Owen & the Team