Open Day for Men’s Shed Week

Alpine Observer - - News -

MYRTLE­FORD Men’s Shed last week cel­e­brated the ben­e­fits of mate­ship within when Men’s Shed Week ran from Septem­ber 23 to 30.

Mate­ship is an im­por­tant pil­lar of ev­ery Men’s Shed as first and fore­most the shed is a place for men to knock about with a group of like­minded males.

The shed held an open day on Tues­day that in­cluded a free bar­beque to mark the spe­cial oc­ca­sion.

Pres­i­dent Fred Neal said friend­ship, loy­alty and com­radery are highly val­ued in Men’s Sheds, where shed­ders are of­fered with a place to be­long and con­tribute with pur­pose.

“This con­tri­bu­tion can be just lis­ten­ing and talk­ing to fel­low mem­bers who may be go­ing through a hard time health wise, or as­sist­ing the shed mem­bers build or re­pair an item for a com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion,” he said. “The scope is un­lim­ited. “When we de­vel­oped our 10 year his­tory we were very sur­prised at what the shed had ac­com­plished and pro­vided for the com­mu­nity.”

Aus­tralian Men’s Shed As­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer David Helmers said the spirit of mate­ship was em­bed­ded into the fab­ric of Aus­tralian cul­ture.

“We’re proud to recog­nise that this spirit still lives on in many ways across the Men’s Shed com­mu­nity,” he said.

“Men’s Sheds are vi­tal com­mu­nity in­vest­ments de­liv­er­ing pro­grams and ini­tia­tives that foster com­mu­nity spirit and con­tribute to build­ing a more in­clu­sive Aus­tralia.”

Men’s Shed Week is an an­nual event led by the Aus­tralian Men’s Shed As­so­ci­a­tion to high­light the con­tri­bu­tions of Men’s Sheds to their mem­bers’ health and well­be­ing and to the wider com­mu­nity.

Myrtle­ford Men’s Shed is open Tues­day and Thurs­days from 9am to 3pm at 161 Stan­dish Street Myrtle­ford.

Con­tact Clive Walker on 0419 437 964 or clivejw@ big­pond.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

SHED­DERS: Trevor Ish­er­wood (left) and Barry Corlis at the Myrtle­ford Men’s Shed open day last week.

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