Media Release: BBQ Brisket Breakfast to support Men’s Mental Health

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BBQ Brisket Breakfast to support Men’s Mental Health
Sharing experiences over a Texas barbecue breakfast cooked in a smoker named “Lil’ Bertha” will help put the spotlight on men’s mental health while also supporting a much-loved charity this weekend.

Calvary’s Men’s Movember Breakfast will feature a panel discussion with well-known local and Queensland identities who’ve come up against their own mental health battles.
Herbert MP Phillip Thompson will be joined by celebrity chef Matt Golinski (via video), former North Queensland Cowboys winger Antonio Winterstein and Mentally Healthy City’s Brendon Marty at the event on Saturday morning.
“It’s a big honour to be invited to chat with these men about an issue that isn’t talked about enough,” Mr Thompson said.
“It’s great that more and more, men are realising it’s OK not to be OK, and that by talking about mental illness and the importance of mental health, we can go a long way to preventing long-term problems.
“I’d definitely encourage all of Townsville’s men to book a ticket and come out and enjoy a barbie with local blokes.”
Event organiser Craig Hannay said the event was aimed at reducing the stigma of mental ill health while also raising money for Movember, which supports the prevention of mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
“We’ve run this event a couple of times before and the response has been fantastic,” Mr Hannay said.
“The men love the food, the banter and of course the chance to dig a little deeper into a subject that often isn’t talked about, but affects a lot of people.
“We’ll not only have the panel discussion and plenty of great food, but a bunch of fantastic items to auction off with all proceeds going to the Movember foundation.”
The Texas BBQ breakfast will be provided by Millwood BBQ’s team headed up by Paul Miller, with meat supplied by Riverway Meats cooked low and slow in smoker “Lil’ Bertha”.
“Everything is bigger and better in Texas. When it comes to Texas BBQ, Brisket is King. A simple salt and pepper Dalmatian rub is often used alongside smoking the meat low and slow for up to 14 hours, results in an incredibly juicy and tender brisket with a highlighted bold beef flavour,” Mr Miller said.
“Lil Bertha originally started life in the early 60s as a high capacity, air compressor tank. Weighing in at just under 1 tonne, she lives on today as a member of our Millwood BBQ family bringing joy and meat to many.”
Items up for auction include:

  • Toolbox and trolley worth $1800
  • Car fridge
  • 2x 2 nights at the Mercure Inn
  • Smoker plus Millwood BBQ Mini Masterclass
  • $600 mystery gift pack for a significant other
  • Family photo package
  • Air Compressor
  • $300 UltraTune voucher
  • Milwaukee power tool package worth $1000
  • Car detailing package worth $1145


Tickets are available at


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