St Kilda’s assortment of moustaches and accumulation of several thousand kilometres covered during its Movember campaign has helped the Spud's Mates Challenge raise a total of $28,392.

Saints players, coaches and staff took part in the fundraising effort to raise much-needed mental health funds in honour of the late Danny Frawley, with the club contributing over $19,000 to the cause.

Alongside the numerous moustaches filtering through RSEA Park, Moorabbin during the past month, St Kilda’s Movember team ran, cycled and swum 9815km; almost four times its initial target of 2222km.

Jarryn Geary led the club’s charge with almost $2000 raised, Dan Butler followed close behind with $1200, while AFLW forward Renee Saulitis moved 180km within the month. Several other staff members completed a staggering 222km total distance covered in the 30-day period.  

Since partnering with global mental health juggernaut Movember in early 2021, the club has launched several initiatives to help break down the stigmas surrounding mental ill-health and encourage anyone and everyone to put their hand up if they’re struggling.

The inaugural Spud’s Game: Time 2 Talk raised $329,499 to support numerous initiatives run through the Danny Frawley Centre for Health and Wellbeing, with funding also helping launch Movember’s Ahead of the Game.

The ground-breaking program aims to improve mental health, particularly in young men involved in organised sport, while also engaging with the broader sporting community.

As a result of the partnership with Movember, Ahead of the Game is now running in 20 sporting clubs across Melbourne’s south-east.

Earlier this year, the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System unearthed deep gaps in the “crisis-driven” and “broken” system, an over-reliance on hospital-based services, emergency departments and medication for treatment, along with poor access to suitable support services.

The commission also showed that 25 per cent of children live with a parent who suffers from a mental illness.

In the 65 recommendations presented by the commission, there was a consistent thread of the necessity to redesign mental health services and move towards a community-driven model.

The Danny Frawley Centre for Health and Wellbeing is scheduled for completion in early 2022.

There’s still time to donate and honour Spud’s legacy. Click here to help us raise much-needed funds towards mental health programs.