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05 Mar 2015

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Docklander Warren Mills thinks he knows how to help men who have lost their way in the world.

He has founded an organisation called Bunch O Blokes (BOB), which aims to facilitate a network of self-help men’s groups to tackle their problems.

It advocates acceptance of the evolving and changing gender roles in contemporary society but, nevertheless, essentially excludes women from the solution.

“Women are already very good at talking among themselves, but men are not,” he said.  “And the conversations that some men have are dominated by ego and implied competition – which is never going to the helpful.”

So, he said, men struggling with their role needed to come together with others in a similar situation to explore their options for a more fulfilled life.

“Men need to take a leadership role in society and within their families by being servants,” Mr Mills said.

He said there was only one golden rule, which was to treat others the same way as they would like to be treated.

And, yes, Mr Mills is involved with a Christian church but, he says, in this instance there is no religious agenda.

“Religions typically talk about transformation and redemption,” he said.  “And we’re not talking about redemption.  But we are talking about transformation to a better way of living.”

Mr Mills’ Bunch O Blokes journey started 30 years ago when he first had the idea of writing a book about theology and motor sport.  

The 68-year-old only started seriously on his writing project after his wife recently successfully applied for the principal’s role at a local primary school and he found he could do less in his “day job” as a systems safety and quality management consultant.

So, after 100,000 written words (apparently edited down from 1 million!), Mr Mills now has a manuscript in review with Harper Collins.  

The book is called God’s Speed and the Motor Spirit: High Performance Life and focuses on the life story of American champion drag racer, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits.

But the literary journey and exposure to the themes within the book threw up so many other aspects that he ended up with material for a second book.  

And that second book has now materialised as Bunch O Blokes and not a book after all.  

This realisation was encouraged by church contacts and also by a close friend and business client Phil Munday, who has contributed $100,000 to the cause.

Mr Munday will also expose the BOB brand on his V8 supercar and the program will be launched to coincide with the beginning of the car racing season.

Mr Mills is planning to hold a Docklands Bunch O Blokes meeting at the Library on Dock.  He can be contacted on 0419 329 877.

For further information, see http://www.bunchoblokes.org

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