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A mem­ber of the Leschenault Men’s Shed has built an elab­o­rate doll’s house to be auc­tioned to raise money for World Vi­sion Aus­tralia.

Paul Fonck said he spent three and a half months work­ing on the house while un­der­go­ing can­cer treat­ment.

“I was un­der ra­di­a­tion for that while and it took my mind off the whole she­bang,” Mr Fonck said

“It was the house that I was think­ing about... that was ac­tu­ally very good ther­apy.”

The Bin­ningup res­i­dent hopes to raise $ 1500 for World Vi­sion Aus­tralia by auc­tion­ing the house on­line.

Mr Fonck started the project af­ter Mun­dar­ing World Vi­sion vol­un­teer Janet Hamil­ton vis­ited the Men’s Shed for help fix­ing up an old doll’s house.

Af­ter learn­ing it was for char­ity, Mr Fonck also of­fered to build a brand new house from scratch.

He found plans on­line and mod­elled the doll’s house af­ter a ho­tel he stayed at in Switzer­land.

A tex­tile en­gi­neer by trade, Mr Fonck said he had never worked with wood be­fore. “I hated wood work in school but I think my char­ac­ter changed a bit, I’m a bit more pa­tient now,” he said.

Mr Fonck plans to build an­other doll’s house next year for the Red Kite Foun­da­tion.

Men’s Shed busi­ness fa­cil­i­ta­tor Kate Bufton said she was stunned with the fin­ished project. “Paul has a heart of gold,” Ms Bufton said.

Pic­ture: Sam Gibbs

Leschenault Men's Shed mem­ber Paul Fonck shows off his doll’s house to Mun­dar­ing World Vi­sion sup­port group vol­un­teer Janet Hamil­ton.

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