Manic and Charities
At Manic we sell fishing product and we love it! However, at the end of the day there are a lot of people out there working and helping our communities, and lets face it, they do this for a lot less.
Reel Recovery is a national not for profit organisation that conducts free fly fishing retreats for men recovering from all forms of cancer. Retreats are offered at no cost to the participants and are led by expert fly-fishing instructors.
A maximum of ten men are invited to participate, to ensure the quality of the instruction and to create a powerful small-group dynamic.
Men suffering from cancer do not have the same range of support programmes available as women and are generally unskilled at tapping into the support that is available. And men being men are often reluctant to ask.
The programme provides men with all forms of cancer a unique opportunity to share their stories, learn a new skill, form lasting friendships and gain renewed hope as they confront the challenges of cancer.
The pioneers: The Class of 2014
The Fly Program is a not-for-profit organisation endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office with a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Status entitled to receive income tax deductible gifts and deductible contributions seeking to raise the awareness and combat the impacts of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide in the Australian adult male community.
The concept of The Fly Program is very unique and it is built around four key components Explore, Cast, Discover and Recover.
Exploration is the very reason why many pursue the next bend in the river and peddle over the next mountain pass – and it is through exploration we have the platform we can explore our inner-selves. The Fly Program is committed to providing men an environment where they not only explore amazing locations on the mountain bike, or with the fishing rod at hand but also use these experiences as the platform to explore new frontiers within themselves.
The heartbreak and the pain of losing a family member always difficult to grasp but losing a family member in these circumstances is profoundly impossible to comprehend. The weeks and months would pass and we would slowly learn to deal with the raw nature of the pain but the questions would never end.
Although we couldn’t always find the answers there was an enormous motivation to change the outcome for others. It became our commitment to provide the resources to assist Australian men to find a release and increase their quality of life, whether directly, or indirectly touched by these threads of mental illness and instituting a new outlet – participation in the natural world as a reprieve from the day-to-day challenges too many men face in our community.
Our brother’s legacy will always live on through The Fly Program and we dedicate our work to those we hope to serve in the community.
MATT TRIPET – FOUNDER
Stepping Stone Ministries is a faith based trust that is privately funded relying on the donations of a caring community to minister hope and change into broken lives. We have been carrying the vision for this ministry for twenty years and are privileged to see it now outworking itself everyday.
We are a Reintegration Programme offering supported accommodation to men with life controlling problems often associated with the use of alcohol and drugs.
We also run a program called Engage Wilderness which is a vital arm of Stepping Stone Ministries that has one purpose; that is to take men who's lives have become 'eroded' by any number of negative influences or life decisions and do everything we can to find a smouldering wick in them and fan it to flame again. Engage Wilderness is where men get out into the wild and discover stuff, discover the smell of life, track it down and ultimately find a road to discovering themselves again (we have all tasted life at some stage in our journey) We all have something to offer, a little wisdom, a listening ear, a pat on the shoulder and a brotherly love that wants to see our mates win in life and get on top of their mountains.