Richard Herring on every International Women’s Day in March, answers the inquiries about the existence of International Men’s day through Twitter. The comedian then follows up on those inquiries on 19th November, when the International Men’s Day is celebrated. The attention his tweets receive is used to gain awareness and funds for charity.
The charities Refuge on Women’s Day and Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) on Men’s Day receive the benefits. Refuge works for women and children against domestic abuse while CALM is a leading movement in the UK against male suicides.
Herring raised approximately £150,000 for Refuge last year. While he has a target of raising £10,000 for CALM on his JustGiving fundraising page. Herring states on the page, “It’s November 19th and I don’t know if you know it, but that’s International Men’s Day.”
CALM works for raising awareness about mental and physical issues faced by men all across the world. The movement works to eliminate Male suicide, which is the single largest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. CALM also undertakes campaigns to tackle stereotypes of male mental health and masculinity.
Several people over Twitter have praised his initiative. He says “You seemed to be really bothered about it on March 8th, so don’t forget about that now and make a donation to the Campaign Against Living Miserably and help prevent male suicides.
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