Fishing the coast for men’s mental health
In the last weekend of October every year, a bunch of blokes get together to tell a few yarns, share some beers and, hopefully, reel in a couple of decent-sized fish.
Sounds like your regular boys’ weekend away, but the Glenbawn Cup brings the lads together not only to have some laughs, but to raise awareness and funds for men’s mental health.
The keen anglers spent three days dipping their fishing lines in at Moruya.
Not only did they land some ripper fish, they also raised more than $13,000 for the Beyondblue support service.
Beyondblue provides information and support to assist everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.
Participants came from all over the South Coast, Canberra and southern NSW for the event that has been raising funds for charities for the past 11 years.
While it originated as a freshwater fishing tournament in Glenbawn Dam, the competition has been held at Moruya, Bawley Point and Bermagui in recent years.
The change in location gives the boys a chance to fish offshore and dive the coastline.
Mollymook builder David Gleeson said that many local businesses had thrown their support behind the annual event and many keen fishers from Milton-Ulladulla and their mates were among the group.
“It’s always a great weekend away and it’s a chance to catch up with a good group of mates once a year,” David said.
“We’re all busy with work, but we always keep this weekend free.”
Property consultant Ben Pryde took part in the competition for the first time.
Ben’s company, Raine and Horne, Mollymook Milton, was one of the major sponsors of the event.
Ben had a ball and said the event reflected the values of Beyondblue, which aims to raise awareness, reduce stigma and provide help for people living with depression and anxiety.
“It was a great chance to get away from our busy lives, switch the phone off and have fun with the boys,” he said.
“I was pretty chuffed to win the biggest flattie prize.”
Local carpenter Andrew Butson won the gong for the biggest oyster, with a 13 centimetre specimen.
The Ulladulla boys won the team dive prize for their catch.
A charity auction was a highlight of the event.
Items up for grabs during the auction included a NRL jumper donated by Jonathan Thurston, a kayak donated by the participants as well as vouchers from Bannister’s Pavillion, Mollymook Fine Wines, Lucky’s Seafood and others.