In­spi­ra­tional work re­warded

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - South Perth -

THEY say ev­ery man needs a shed, and South Perth res­i­dent Ron Tomkin is just the man to build it.

Ron has been nom­i­nated by the Man­ning Com­mu­nity Men’s Shed man­age­ment com­mit­tee as a fi­nal­ist in this year’s Sea­sons Com­mu­nity Cham­pi­ons Award.

His in­spi­ra­tional work in the world of Men’s Sheds has seen the 72-year-old ded­i­cate the last three years to help­ing his fel­low men to get out “of the way of the wife, away from the pub, off the couch and into a Men’s Shed” to work on some ex­cit­ing hands-on trade-re­lated projects.

With men’s health is­sues in the spot­light, the Men’s Shed move­ment is gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity with men of all ages and en­cour­ages those from dif­fer­ent back­grounds to get to­gether to in­crease their health and well-be­ing.

Ron’s fel­low “shed­ders” said it was easy to nom­i­nate Ron for the award be­cause of the long hours he put into the Man­ning Men’s Shed and strong lead­er­ship qual­i­ties, or as Ron, him­self says, “of­ten deal­ing with too many chiefs and not enough In­di­ans”.

More than 50 years of teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing seven years in trades and the Army Re­serve, has taught Ron how to re­late to peo­ple from all back­grounds.

He en­cour­ages those who suf­fer from de­pres­sion or de­men­tia to be­come in­volved in the Man­ning Men’s Shed and he al­ready has plans to en­cour­age ex-servicemen to be­come in­volved.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Stal­wart Ron Tomp­kin.

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