IN SUPPORT OF MEN'S MENTAL HEALTH
WHAT IS FERDA BOYS?
Globally, the rate of suicide is alarmingly high, particularly in men. Too many men are ‘toughing it out', keeping their feelings to themselves and struggling in silence. Ferda Boys is a movement, aiming to raise awareness for men's mental health, and make tangible changes in our communities to prevent suicide. Currently Ferda Boys is not a stand alone charitable organization. We raise money in support of the Movember Foundation, which is doing incredible work for Men's Health. You can read more about exactly where the money goes below:
MY PERSONAL MISSION
As a musician I go by the name OGR-Scintilla, but my real name is Shane Kimber. Since a young age I have felt a powerful calling to change the world with my music. I can't think of any better change to make in our world, than to help people discover how to love themselves more. I want to inspire people to lift themselves up: and as those people lift themselves up they will inspire others to do the same, and so on and so forth. I truly believe this positive chain reaction of self love inspiring more self love can change the world. However, as I have grown on social media and gain influence in my community of fans and followers I can see that uplifting and inspiring through art is not the only way to attain this goal! I am no longer alone in this fight to make the world better, and our community has the power to make a tangible hands on change in this world
In order to help make these immediate, and hands on changes in the world I became inspired to start the 'Ferda Boys' charity for men's mental health. However I needed to do it in a way that didn't compromise my musical ambitions, so running a full time charity on my own was out of the question [for now...]. I began researching men's mental health charities that would be a good fit to manage and distribute the money we raise as a community. This parent charity needed to have great integrity, a strong reputation, and share the beliefs that men's mental health is a serious and underdressed issue in our society. After weeks of looking I am confident that Movember is the best organization out there to throw my support behind. I encourage you to do more reading here and on the Movemeber website to see where donated dollars are going, but I want to ensure you I have spoken directly with the staff at Movember I feel very good about working in support of their organization! I want to do my best to be fully transparent and provide you the information you need to feel confident getting behind the 'Ferda Boys' and Movemeber.
My vision for 'Ferda Boys' is to expand from a regular fund raising campaign, to create a full line of merchandise and a line of alcoholic drinks, all in support of men's mental health. The way you can say "I'm wearing this shirt freda boys," or "let's have a drink freda boys," and it will TRULY be FOR THE BOYS. Hopefully as my musical career grows so can this movements, eventually becoming it's own non-profit organization. Maybe one day it can grow to the point that I can hand it off to someone else to runs and it will take on a life of it's own. Ferda Boys will NEVER make me any money. I'm not personally handling a penny of the money donated here, and I like it that way. The more money gets to our people in need the better.
If you want to get involved, and help me see this vision through, please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org because I'd love to hear your ideas and support.