Lauren Barnes
2  year  Mo Sister
mo staff

$0

Target: $1,000
raised $2,190 since 2021
My motivation
Fundraising for cause areas including:
Men's health
Mental health and suicide prevention

2 months ago I was in the ER with a back injury that left me temporarily unable to walk. Thankfully I was able to get the help I needed and although I still have a ways to go I am very much on the mend. So I’m incredibly relieved to be able to take on a move challenge this Movember, even if it has been altered a little to make it possible. This month I’ll be in the water walking 30kms or 1200 laps of the pool before the end of Movember!

For so many men, getting the help they need, particularly with mental health challenges, seems like an impossible & insurmountable obstacle. It is an incredibly complex and personal challenge. However, in Australia, suicide is the leading cause of premature death in men. According to the ABS, a man who died by suicide lost on average three decades of potential life. Give or take a few years, that is the entire span of my life so far. That’s where my 30kms comes from, I’ll be walking (in the pool) one kilometer to represent each year of life lost by an death due to suicide.

The more you think about these statistics, the more tragic you realize they are. This year in my family those statistics became more than just a number. Seeing the tragedy of loved ones losing a beloved father, husband & friend is something someone should never have to go through, and we simply must do more to stop it happening to others.

I'm doing this for my cousins, my Poppa, my Dad, my uncles, my "brothers", my mates & my colleagues. I'm doing this to send a message to anyone who is struggling, that you do matter, that it's okay not to be okay, to let you know that someone cares and there are people who will help you through your challenges even when they seem insurmountable.

Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men's health, and this Movember I'm joining them. Together we can make a difference for men's health – in prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Help me stop men dying too young.

How I'm
getting involved
Team Vegas
Team captain Lauren Barnes
$0 Team funds raised
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Previous year's donations
8 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
an anonymous supporter
$100

Drag Bingo business!

Previous year's posts
8 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
an anonymous supporter
$100

Drag Bingo business!

8 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Dean Mehmet
$20

For rainbows and swimming and everything else you do!

8 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Dean Mehmet
$20

For rainbows and swimming and everything else you do!

8 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Jacqueline Collier
$70

So proud of you Lauren for achieving your goal in walking 30km in the pool and for the passion you have in working for such a meaningful organisation. Love you to bits xxx

8 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Jacqueline Collier
$70

So proud of you Lauren for achieving your goal in walking 30km in the pool and for the passion you have in working for such a meaningful organisation. Love you to bits xxx

9 Week(s) Ago
I walked 2.4 km01:25:00

30KMS DONE & DONE!!!

Previous year's activities
9 Week(s) Ago
I walked 2.4 km01:25:00

30KMS DONE & DONE!!!

9 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Wayne Barnes
$100

Hope you've enjoyed your walks.

9 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Wayne Barnes
$100

Hope you've enjoyed your walks.

9 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Hugh Miller
$75

Time to replace my old PS2 that I sold a few years ago

9 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Hugh Miller
$75

Time to replace my old PS2 that I sold a few years ago

9 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Elizabeth Cameron
$20

You are amazing!

9 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Elizabeth Cameron
$20

You are amazing!

9 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Yvette Barnes
$250

You (that is you Lauren AND you collectively Movember) are doing a fabulous job. It has reminded me to keep having those conversations about men's health with the testosterone people in my life. Keep up the great work.

9 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Yvette Barnes
$250

You (that is you Lauren AND you collectively Movember) are doing a fabulous job. It has reminded me to keep having those conversations about men's health with the testosterone people in my life. Keep up the great work.

9 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Josee Pinsonneault
$35

To help with the healthy comp with the sis

9 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Josee Pinsonneault
$35

To help with the healthy comp with the sis

9 Week(s) Ago
I walked 2 km01:25:00

One more day!

9 Week(s) Ago
I walked 2 km01:25:00

One more day!

9 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Euan Roberts
$85

Hey Loz, great effort. Looking forward to the facepainting!

9 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Euan Roberts
$85

Hey Loz, great effort. Looking forward to the facepainting!

9 Week(s) Ago
I walked 2 km01:06:00

9 Week(s) Ago
I walked 2 km01:06:00

9 Week(s) Ago
I walked 2.5 km01:23:00

9 Week(s) Ago
I walked 2.5 km01:23:00

9 Week(s) Ago
I walked 2.5 km01:23:00

9 Week(s) Ago
I walked 2.5 km01:23:00

9 Week(s) Ago
I walked 2.5 km01:30:00

100 laps in one go - my longest water walk yet!

9 Week(s) Ago
I walked 2.5 km01:30:00

100 laps in one go - my longest water walk yet!

9 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Total Tools
$25

Thanks for your donation! We want to help you support Movember - here’s a little bit extra towards changing the face of men’s health

9 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Donna Cowan
$75

Happy Mo Mario

9 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Total Tools
$25

Thanks for your donation! We want to help you support Movember - here’s a little bit extra towards changing the face of men’s health

9 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Donna Cowan
$75

Happy Mo Mario

9 Week(s) Ago
I walked 1.5 km55:00:00

9 Week(s) Ago
I walked 1.5 km55:00:00

9 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Sibilah Breen
$35

Go Loz! This is a really tough challenge (as a fellow non sporty type I really respect you aim). May the water gods guide your path up and down the pool!

9 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Sibilah Breen
$35

Go Loz! This is a really tough challenge (as a fellow non sporty type I really respect you aim). May the water gods guide your path up and down the pool!

10 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Cara Busst
$85

Best deal of Mo Trash Mo Treasure!

10 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Cara Busst
$85

Best deal of Mo Trash Mo Treasure!

10 Week(s) Ago
I walked 1.5 km00:58:00

11 Week(s) Ago
I walked 1.5 km56:00:00

11 Week(s) Ago
I walked 1.5 km54:00:00

11 Week(s) Ago
I walked 1.5 km01:00:00

Out of iso, straight back into the pool

11 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Courtney Barnes
$20

Way to go Loz xx

11 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Heilala Halo
$20

What an inspiration you are love always sister Halo

12 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Rachel Carr
$30

Loving your work

12 Week(s) Ago
I walked 1.1 km00:38:00

Flat as a tack today

12 Week(s) Ago
I walked 1 km00:35:00

Starting Monday right :-)

12 Week(s) Ago
I walked 1.2 km00:45:00

missing that rest day now

12 Week(s) Ago
I walked 1.1 km00:38:00

feeling the challenge of the commitment now!

12 Week(s) Ago
I walked 1.1 km00:47:00

12 Week(s) Ago
I walked 1.1 km00:41:56

12 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
L’Oreal Men Expert
$25

Thank you for supporting Movember! L’Oreal appreciates your donation – so here’s a little bit extra towards changing the face of men’s health, because you’re worth it.

12 Week(s) Ago
I walked 1 km00:45:00

13 Week(s) Ago
I walked 1 km01:00:00

Day 1 in the pool done ✅

13 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Lauren Barnes
$50

Kicking it off myself - let's Mo!

Previous year's posts
13 Week(s) Ago

The last twelve months have brought the need for Movember into sharper focus for me as our family lost a beautiful soul to a battle with his mental health. The ripple effect of this tragedy will continue to reverberate across his rural community and especially for his wife and four children. While it may be too late for him, if my efforts can do anything to have someone seek help earlier because they feel it’s OK to talk about the darkness they are experiencing, then it will be worth it. I do know there are hundreds of people who would have intervened if had they known the depth of his struggle and known what to do.

61 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
an anonymous supporter
$15
61 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
an anonymous supporter
$5
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