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Men's Shed 30 Year Celebration
On the 6th of September a function was held at the Labrador Men's Shed to celebrate 30 years since the founding of Men's Sheds. Representatives of local Sheds in the area were invited to attend and display samples of work done by their members. The Nerang Shed had several members attend and display pieces of woodwork. We thank Steve Bezanson for co-ordinating the representation by our Shed members and the Shed members who attended and displayed their work.
At the event, which was attended by the instigator of Men's Shed in South Australia 30 years ago, it was announced by the Mayor, Tom Tate, that the Labrador Men's Shed was to be moved to a new, larger site.
Curtesy of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund
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Well it took a while but the Community Benefit Fund come through with bells on. Look at our beautiful new Triton Ute.
The men’s shed offers a huge thanks to the gamblers of the great state of Queensland and the government who thought we were worthy of a new vehicle. Less than 24 hours from delivery it is out helping the community, which is what we do best.
Hon. Scott Buchholz visit to the Men's Shed
We were delighted to have a special visit from Scott Buchholz at Nerang Men's Shed. As a public support organization, we take pride in our mission to provide a safe and inclusive space for men to gather, share skills, and support one another. Mr. Buchholz's presence was a true honor and symbolized the ongoing support for our cause. We also express our gratitude for his generous donation to our organization, as well as the Australian flag he contributed, which will proudly fly in our shed.
TSS Preparatory School’s Generosity
The shed received an unexpected call from The Southport School. The TSS preparatory school held a mud challenge for charity, and we were one of the lucky recipients thanks to a gentleman by the name of Mick Spittle from Raw Challenge, who recomended us.
The school very generously gave us $4600.00 to put towards whatever we needed. The money, as it does these days, went straight to the bank however we went to TSS to express our thank hence the picture of the event, left to right Leanne Zauner (teacher), Peter Seymour-Smith, Jonathan Clough, Jeff Symms (head master) and Ken Perryman.
Fortuitously,as it turns out, we can offer help in return as the school is starting up a woodworking shop. We will look forward to students visiting us and we can visit the school as several of us older guys have spent our lives working with wood and metal. This could be a wonderful relationship for us all.
Such lucky recipients of the gambling industry
Last year we applied for a grant from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund to purchase a new truck for the shed. Ours was so old it seemed like it ran on steam, and it did not seem like it would brake, when required, before too long. However, we revived the request this year and “low and behold” we got the grant. Meaghan Scanlon who is our state representative come to the shed for a BBQ with a very large cheque. She is a lovely lady and she spent some time getting to know us. Consequently, our president was off to the Mitsubishi dealership to order our new truck. Sure, it cost a little more than last year and they are harder to get at the moment but come July you will see us on the road looking very cool.
What we have done since Christmas 2021
What have the Nerang Men͛s Shed been up to since Christmas? Here are some of the highlights. In February this year we initiated a programme of support for the people of Tonga following the Tsunami which decimated this small Pacific nation. We, of course, were distressed by the happening, however it took our shed president to come up with a real plan to help the people of Tonga hence the project ͞tools for Tonga was born. The committee divided the tasks, contact the media, contact other sheds and to bring onboard local businesses. The objective: to collect unwanted hand and power tools, fishing gear, toys, cooking utensils and medical equipment with the intent of forwarding them to the island of Tonga so the people could help themselves to rebuild their community. Beyond all expectations, we received overwhelming support from local radio stations with advertising and interviews, Kennards for transport, neighbouring Men Shed groups and many others. The project was so successful that we filled a 40ft and a 20ft container. A major contributor, without which the whole project would have floundered, was Mt. Gravatt bus service. Without the amazing help and money of Del Cole the owner to provide the containers and the shipping to Tonga none of this would have happened. The target date was one month. However, due to so many donations and the coming of the Lismore floods, we were later able to assist the Mens Shed down there who lost everything. Yet another project that our president came up with, which proved to be a great success. Due to the cold weather, we send out an email asking for donations of blankets for the homeless which we delivered to the Angels Kitchen at Southport. Who would have guessed how many spare blankets people have and how generous they are with them. This past month we have had the satisfaction of helping our neighbours ͞the Shela shack, in their shack expansion (around 30m2 of new space). Days of hard work included wall removal, lighting, panelling, & the acquisition of new shelves and fans. The finishing touches of painting and flooring is on schedule. Special thanks to Stewart, Nobel, Reg and Brian for their expertise. These projects were memorable in so many ways. Our Shed had the opportunity to liaise with key community partners and emphasise the significance of what can be achieved from a small thought to an unprecedented success, involving so many. On behalf of our Committee, I thank all our members and all those outside of our Club for their contributions support, encouragement and participation. Finally, we send our best wishes to our much-valued member Ron Sander who is in hospital and will be for a bit yet. Also, thanks go to our group of members who ran a working bee at his home last Friday to ensure his home does not disappear under the grass and weeds.
It's a place where men can share their skills and knowledge with others, learn new skills or redevelop old skills. Good health is based on many factors including feeling good about yourself, being productive and valuable to your community, connecting to friends and maintaining an active body and an active mind. Becoming a member of the Nerang Men’s Shed provides a safe and busy environment where you can find many of these things. Also, importantly, there's no pressure. Men can just come and have a chat and a cuppa if that's all they’re looking for.
Our objectives are to.....
(i) Socialise in the company of like-minded men.
(ii) Pursue hobbies, pastimes and interests.
(iii) Learn new skills, practice and pass on your skills.
(iv) Promote your own, and other men’s, health and well-being.
(v) By their efforts, benefit The Shed and their community.