IMD – 2007:
Indian Men’s rights organisation Save Indian Family held an inaugural celebration of IMD on 19 November, 2007. It accepted 19 November as (Indian) International Men’s Day based on the fact that cricket rivals Australians and West Indies (Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago) were already celebrating on that date.
IMD – 2008:
In 2008 Fatherhood Foundation (a conservative Christian group) held an event in Canberra urging men to sacrifice themselves for others in the same spirit as men who had sacrificed themselves in past wars (Note: this is not a widely promoted IMD theme). Psychologist and men’s advocate Dr. Elizabeth Celi spoke on the occasion:
United Kingdom IMD inauguration:
On November 2008 an invitation went out to Kent university students to celebrate International Men’s Day at Mungos Bistro. This event was organized and coordinated by Canterbury’s Kent University student organization ‘Raise and Give’ (or RAG as we are better known). RAG is Kent Unions charitable arm located in the Student Activities Centre which raises thousands of pounds for charity each year. The night started at 7pm with live soccer coverage of England v Germany on the big screen, and afterwards the evening heated up with a mixture of comedy and live music from student favourites, “Clacket Lane”. There was a raffle including the chance to win some of the very latest computer games for X Box and PS3 alongside many more surprises. There was also a guitar hero competition and an X-box tournament with the chance to win more prizes. About 300 people attended with roughly equal numbers of males and females. The event was a resounding success and participants reported it as a memorable celebration.
All proceeds went to ORCHID a charity for all male cancers, including prostate, penile or testicular cancer. Male attendees at International Men’s Day were invited to buy a “Know Your Balls” wrist band at Mungos campus bar and get entry discounts at the Venue for afterwards. Orchid plays a leading role in the fight against male cancer through research and awareness and by supporting patients. The following is an email from Holly Parker, an organiser of the Kent Uni event in response to an email from Jason Thompson requesting details about who organised the event: