Former nurse Meg Ryan is Happy as Larry. Well, at least she will be when guests start arriving for the International Men’s Day event that she is organising at Lakeside Drive in St Kilda, Melbourne on 19 November.
Meg is hoping 200 people sign up to hear two high quality speakers at the inaugural Happy as Larry luncheon, hosted by the Brighton North Rotary Club: Jeremy Forbes, leader at HALT – a group determined to address the high suicide rate among tradies in particular – and motivational speaker Don Elgin, who represented Australia in the athletics at four World Championships, three Paralympic Games, two World Cups and a Commonwealth Games.
“I heard Jeremy speak in Bendigo a few years ago, I thought he would be most appropriate to talk to an inaugural men’s day luncheon and Don is a very humorous speaker,” said Meg.
For many years, Brighton North Rotary Club together with Rotary Club of Melbourne has hosted an International Women’s Day breakfast at Crown Casino for 1200 people. She hopes the St Kilda event will gradually grow to similar proportions, with this first year exploring the theme of health and wellbeing for males and families.
Aside from getting a nice lunch, attendees may be able to have their blood tested and there will be a mini exhibition of stalls providing information about health screening and how to access certain services.
A Happy as Larry seat costs $95 or $90 for a table of 10 and proceeds will go to Hepatitis B Virus research (Doherty Institute), Brighton Bayside Men’s Shed, Youth suicide awareness (scholarship program) and Brighton North Rotary Community projects.