Bridge their brain­child

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

A LOVE-LOCK bridge that was the cen­tre­piece of the in­au­gu­ral Brain­child Ball for Telethon Ad­ven­tur­ers at Crown last Satur­day was built by mem­bers of the Man­ning Men’s Shed.

Build­west di­rec­tor Vicki Lev­erett ap­proached the mem­bers to do the pro­ject in May af­ter she no­ticed the men work­ing at the shed while hav­ing a cof­fee at a nearby cafe.

Co-or­di­na­tor Ron Tomp­kin said the mem­bers, in­clud­ing boil­er­maker welders, en­gi­neers and a spray painter got to work draw­ing up plans be­fore they started build­ing it.

The bridge is the largest pro­ject the shed has un­der­taken and has at­tracted lots of in­ter­est.

“We hope to get a few more later on be­cause work­ing for char­ity is a good idea for us, we like do­ing that,” he said.

“The bridge has been a lovely lit­tle pro­ject and quite a lot of peo­ple have come in to have a look at it.”

He said ma­te­ri­als for the bridge had come from a va­ri­ety of sources.

“All men’s sheds scroungers,” he said.

“We had some of the ma­te­ri­als al­ready and we had to buy some other bits and pieces and now we are just putting it all to­gether.”

Mr Tomp­kin said are the bridge would be cov­ered with pledges in the shape of love hearts at the din­ner.

He said mem­ber­ship at the men’s shed was strong, with about 70 mem­bers on the books and the group this week started look­ing at set­ting up a gar­den.

Telethon Ad­ven­tur­ers mar­ket­ing co-or­di­na­tor Narelle An­to­nio said the French-themed ball was held to raise vi­tal funds for child­hood brain cancer re­search.

“Guests made pledges on the night and re­ceived a love heart to place on the love­lock bridge with a mes­sage of strength, love and hope,” Mr An­to­nio said.

Kings­ley Water­house at work, watched by Man­ning Men’s Shed mem­bers Arnold God­frey, Al­lan Waugh, Rob Goldfinch, David Winslade, Eric God­dard and Ron Tomp­kin.

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