Shed­dies can chill out and cook up funds with gifts

Isis Town and Country - - News -

THE concrete slab of the Childers District Men’s Shed As­so­ci­a­tion’s brand new shed has barely set, but the group has swung into ac­tion and is well on the way to an of­fi­cial open­ing day.

To help push the Childers Men’s Shed along, Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett has do­nated a fridge and bar­be­cue to the group.

Mr Ben­nett helped se­cure $35,000 of state gov­ern­ment fund­ing to­wards the con­struc­tion of the shed and he was de­lighted to be able to as­sist the group fur­ther.

“The Men’s Shed move­ment pro­vides a unique op­por­tu­nity for men in com­mu­ni­ties to be more so­cially en­gaged and be a part of a safe en­vi­ron­ment; to be pro­duc­tive; con­nect with friends and main­tain an ac­tive body and mind,” Mr Ben­nett said.

“It’s great to see a men’s shed in Childers to of­fer these in­valu­able ben­e­fits.

“I’m proud to be able to sup­port lo­cal com­mu­nity groups like the Childers District Men’s Shed, and I’m look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to as­sist other Childers com­mu­nity groups in the fu­ture.”

The fridge and bar­be­cue, bought through lo­cal sup­pli­ers, will be used for so­cial, com­mu­nity and fundrais­ing events.

Men’s Shed pres­i­dent Rob Dight was thrilled to re­ceive the new items from Mr Ben­nett and said they would be put to good use.

“On be­half of the mem­bers of the Childers District Men's Shed, I want to thank Stephen for his on­go­ing sup­port,” Mr Dight said.

“Eighteen months ago he was here to pass on our first ma­jor grant which en­abled us to start build­ing our new shed and now he has kindly do­nated a new fridge for our meet­ing room, and a bar­be­cue for us to use for so­cial or fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and com­mu­nity events.

The Childers Men’s Shed would also like to put a call out for new mem­bers.

If you are in­ter­ested in join­ing the group, the shed is open on Tues­day from 10am.

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