Shed ploughs funds into mental health
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.