Open day boosts fundrais­ing ef­fort

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - SUMMER IN THE GARDEN -

Drouin Men’s Shed con­tin­ued its fundrais­ing ef­forts for the com­mu­nity with an­other suc­cess­ful open day and mar­ket re­cently.

While chil­dren’s food and en­ter­tain­ment went un­der-utilised, a good crowd still at­tended the shed’s ma­jor fundraiser of the year which also in­cluded a clas­sic car show.

The shed’s an­nual open day and mar­ket has been an an­nual event since 2014, ini­tially start­ing as a fundraiser to ex­tend on its fa­cil­i­ties.

With the im­pres­sive fa­cil­ity now boast­ing ev­ery­thing from of­fice, com­mu­nal kitchen, stor­age space and work­shop to go with hobby rooms with gi­ant train set and com­put­ers, the event has shifted fo­cus in re­cent years to ben­e­fit those in the com­mu­nity who need it the most.

The shed’s 110 mem­bers have been busily mak­ing items for sale in the lead up to the event, in­clud­ing or­na­ments, clocks, home­wares, wooden toys and so­lar pow­ered Christ­mas trees.

Drouin Men’s Shed sec­re­tary David Mudge said while tak­ings were still be­ing counted, the shed ex­pected an­other good re­turn from the day.

“We’ll make a rea­son­able amount, it was a good day,” he said.

“We did have some items left over which have now been moved to other ar­eas.

“The Drouin Lights Up Fes­ti­val will be our next event and then our Christ­mas lun­cheon.”

Mr Mudge said the shed would iden­tify a lo­cal cause to donate to.

“We tend to donate to the hos­pi­tal each year,” he said. “We’re keep­ing it lo­cal. “The next thing we’re look­ing at for the shed is an air con­di­tioner and we’ll be sup­port­ing lo­cal trades and busi­ness.”

The shed’s re­cent fundrais­ing for the drought-stricken com­mu­nity of Trangie, New South Wales may also be­come an an­nual fea­ture.

Mr Mudge said with sev­eral other char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions of­fer­ing hay and feed, the shed had iden­ti­fied an­other way to make a dif­fer­ence. “Trangie was ex­tremely suc­cess­ful,” he said. “They had 80 lo­cal peo­ple at their shed, and the money went back into the town­ship.

“John Crosby who was lead­ing the ef­fort went up there and said he had never seen a place so dry.

“It’s dev­as­tat­ing, it’s prac­ti­cally dirt and how they’re sur­viv­ing is a mir­a­cle.”

There was plenty to see and do for all ages at the Drouin Men’s Shed open day. Pic­tured from left Clint Scott and sib­lings Jack and Dakota Falls. Jack and Dakota at­tend Drouin Pri­mary School.

Ron Walke en­joys the model trains on dis­play.

Brian Wil­liams from the men’s shed proudly shows off his 1964 EH Holden.

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