HELPING HAND: (from left) Stephen Barwick, president of Dalby Men's Shed Geoff McIntyre, and Stellarossa Dalby owners Nev Volker and Nathan Berting.
HELPING HAND: (from left) Stephen Barwick, president of Dalby Men's Shed Geoff McIntyre, and Stellarossa Dalby owners Nev Volker and Nathan Berting. Sophie Volker

Men's shed gains boost

THE MEN of Dalby Men's Shed can look forward to some new tools and resources, thanks to the combined fundraising efforts of Dalby House Rules stars Luke and Cody Cook, Stellarossa Dalby and Our Lady of the Southern Cross College (OLSCC).

A cause close to Luke and Cody's hearts, the Dalby Men's Shed is a division of Men's Sheds Australia and supports local programs to improve the health and wellbeing of men of all ages.

In June 2016, the OLSCC Parents' and Friends' Association hosted a meet-and-greet barbecue with Luke and Cody and, when there were a number of signed photographs left over, Stellarossa Dalby generousl agreed to sell them for the men's shed.

All the photographs have been sold and, on Friday, Stellarossa owners Nev Volker and Nathan Berting handed over the $165 raised to Dalby Men's Shed president Geoff McIntyre.

The profit from the photographs, combined with an additional $300 raised at the OLSCC meet-and-greet, will be a big help to the 40 members of the Dalby Men's Shed who meet every Tuesday and Thursday.

"This money will help to pay for materials like the timber we can't get from recycled, as well as some new tools for the men to build with,” Mr McIntyre said.

"It's all part of a nation-wide mental health initiative, so we get together and it's about being able to talk to each other about anything.

"There's no age minimum or maximum - anyone can come along,” he said.

OLSCC P&F vice-president Stephen Barwick was proud to support such a worthy cause.

"Having been out to the men's shed myself, I would definitely encourage anyone to go out and have a chat with these men - they have a wealth of experience to offer,” Mr Barwick said.


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