Bridge their brainchild
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.