If you're a male business owner, a husband, father, brother, son or granddad - here's your chance to hold a fun BBQ while supporting research into Endometriosis* - a disease that affects more than one-in-every 10 women.
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month and Endometriosis Australia has launched a campaign to encourage men to host a Fundraiser BBQ - a Mendo BBQ!
Why is this so important? Because it doesn’t just affect women, it impacts their loved ones and the entire community. Get your mates together for this important BBQ to raise awareness and research funding to ultimately help end Endo.
There are links below to help you get going including registration and to help you to set up a fundraising page on Facebook and download your Mendo BBQ help kit.
Local Area Marketing is an Endometriosis Awareness supporter and will help to promote your BBQ in your local area. Just send us the details after completing registration.
Share your photos on social media using #MendoBBQ.
“Endometriosis isn’t a condition that you inherit from being unhealthy, I train twice a day and have a healthy diet. I’m an Olympian whose body is nourished and looked after, and I have Endometriosis.” - Emily Seebohm Ambassador
“My wife has Endometriosis and the place where I work has a lot of male employees. I’ve recently decided to stand up and talk about the condition. Women should feel comfortable talking to any man about their illness and as men it’s our duty to understand what they are talking about.”
- Tony McAuliffe Husband
Mendo BBQ how to guide links: Register to Host a Fundraiser BBQ
*What is Endometriosis? Endometriosis is a common disease in which the tissue that is similar to the lining of the womb grows outside it in other parts of the body. More than 740,000 (more than 10 per cent) of Australian women suffer with endometriosis at some point in their life with the disease often starting in teenagers.
Symptoms are variable and this may contribute to the 7 to 12 year delay in diagnosis. Common symptoms include pelvic pain that puts life on hold around or during a woman’s period. It can damage fertility.
Whilst endometriosis most often affects the reproductive organs it is frequently found in the bowel and bladder and has been found in muscle, joints, the lungs and the brain.
In an Australian government report, endometriosis is reported to cost Australian society $7.7 billion annually with two thirds of these costs attributed to loss in productivity with the remainder, approximately $2.5 billion being direct healthcare costs.