Mansfield Courier

Men’s Shed now a registered charity

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MANSFIELD Men’s Shed has recently become a registered charity, endorsed with Deductible Gift Recipient status.

The endorsemen­t means the shed is exempt from GST, enabling their dollars to go further.

Private donations or gifts to the shed and its initiative­s are now also fully tax deductible against personal and business tax.

The group of 41 members (and growing) was started in 2002 by the late Don Hodges, who saw the need for post-retirement men in the community to have their own place to meet and socialise.

Eventually in 2013 the shed became an incorporat­ed associatio­n known as The Mansfield Community Men’s Shed Inc.

During its time, the shed has donated to the Peter MacCallum Institute, Beyond Blue, Men’s Basic Cooking Classes and The Burrumbutt­ock Hay Runners.

They’ve even thrown free sausage sizzles for the community just to say thank you.

In 2018 president Bill Copley saw the need for operationa­l changes and improvemen­ts in facilities to make sure it was sustainabl­e for the future.

Kitchen refurbishm­ents, solar power and air conditioni­ng were all completed among other upgrades.

The Mansfield Men’s Shed has a vision to extend its good work and saw that registrati­on as a charity was the way forward.

The shed has big plans for better dust extraction, a painting booth as well as sharing solar power with its neighbours.

They are also seeking sponsorshi­p to connect to the NBN.

Each of these projects need investment and will bring work into the local community.

Donations are invited and the community can now be assured their generosity will be recognised with tax-deductible receipts for tax time.

And as always, the shed welcomes anyone to come in and have a COVID-safe cuppa and a chat with their leadership team about your interests.

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