What is IMDMI?

The Back Story

IMDMI stands for International Men’s Day Mackay Incorporated and is the umbrella organisation that provides funding for Shed Happens to operate and carry out it’s function. It also organises the celebration of International Men’s Day (IMD) events.

Why do we need to celebrate IMD? When we look at the statistics that indicate areas where we men fail miserably, that is reason enough to celebrate the good things that we do and encourage us to stive to be better.


We take our own lives at almost 4 times the rate of women, wee account for over 90% of the prison population and we men are predominantly the natural parent that is missing from the family home.

The Six Pillars

There are six pillars of IMD, they are:

  • To promote positive male role models;

    not just movie stars and sports men but every day, working class men who are living decent, honest lives.

  • To celebrate men’s positive contributions to society,

    community, family, marriage, child care, and to the environment.

  • To focus on men’s health and wellbeing;

    social, emotional, physical and spiritual.

  • To highlight discrimination against men;

    in areas of social services, social attitudes and expectations, and law

  • To improve gender relations and promote gender equality

    without any form of bias

  • To create a safer, better world;

    where people can be safe and grow to reach their full potential.

This Years Events

This year we have selected the third pillar to be our theme and we are going to have that theme central to all our celebrations. Firstly, in partnership with the Mackay Art Society, we are conducting an Art Show. After a very successful IMD 22 Art Show, this year we are expanding the competition to include more youth with two categories in the emergent artist section. Entries to the show will be open from 1 Apr 23 and close on 10 Aug 23.


Artists who reside in the Mackay Regional Council area are eligible to enter up to two artworks, which will be displayed at the Mackay Art Society Rooms, 2 Snow Wright Court, Beaconsfield in September 01 – 03. There is an Entry fee for each work of $10.00. Entries will be available through the Shed Happens Mackay Facebook Page and hard copies through MRC libraries and art suppliers.


As part of our IMD celebrations we will also be awarding the Mackay Man Of The Year. This will be the fourth year of this award and nominations for it will open on 01 Sept 23 and close on 30 Sept 23.


Our final celebration will be on Fri 17 Nov 23 at Souths Leagues Club where we will hold our corporate breakfast. Here we will auction off the winning piece of art from the Art Show, present the award of Mackay Man Of The Year and have group discussions around ‘Health and wellbeing of all generations of men’.


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