Shed ploughs funds into men­tal health

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

The An­nual State Mould­board Plough­ing Com­pe­ti­tion held on Septem­ber 22 in Man­jimup has raised more than $2500 for the Man­jimup Men’s Shed men­tal health group.

The money was raised through a gold coin do­na­tion on en­try from peo­ple com­ing to watch the com­pe­ti­tion.

Men’s Shed pres­i­dent Fran­cis Hull has been in his role for about two and a half years and said he was in­cred­i­bly grate­ful to the War­ren District Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety for help­ing to or­gan­ise the event.

“We’re thank­ful for them giv­ing all the pro­ceeds from the day to the Men’s Shed, which will help us help men’s heath,” he said.

Last year’s event raised money for a new men’s health pol­icy and this year Mr Hull said the club was still plan­ning what to do with the funds.

“We’re look­ing at putting a film evening on in Oc­to­ber and watch­ing some­thing called ‘The Magic Pill’,” Mr Hull said. “I’d also like to put an event on

re­lated to di­a­betes be­cause di­a­betes it­self is a ma­jor is­sue.”

The club does a lot of fundrais­ing and vol­un­teer work for the com­mu­nity and has about 25 mem­bers, in­clud­ing some with dis­abil­i­ties.

“Our trea­surer has de­men­tia, and it’s re­ally nice to see him in this role and ben­e­fit­ing from keep­ing his mind ac­tive,” Mr Hull said.

The club is also plan­ning a stall at the Cherry Har­mony Fes­ti­val to help widen the dis­cus­sion of men­tal health re­lated prob­lems men face.

Boyup Brook's Michael Askew tin­kers with his trac­tor dur­ing last year’s plough­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

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