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Helping each other

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October 03, 2017

Tom Perry with some of the auction items which also include a picnic table and bench seats.

Men’s Shed Week means it’s time for some blokes to roll up their sleeves, get their hands dirty and contribute to their community.

Former director of Tatura Milk and vice-president of Tatura Men’s Shed Tom Perry believes friendship and expertise is the glue that holds the association together.

‘‘Camaraderie is the best part about the men’s shed — that and the skills the boys bring to the table,’’ he said.

Mr Perry helped find the Men’s shed six years ago, when he and a committee of about 10 saw the need for one in the community.

Mr Perry’s job in the committee is to help make sure the administrative side of the organisation is under control.

‘‘I make sure we keep viable — we can’t spend money, until we’ve made it,’’ Mr Perry said.

The 43-member organisation operates on Ross St, Tatura, where members are mentored in new skills — whether its painting, furniture making or restoration of old knick-knacks.

Machinery is donated by members to help the association function.

Mr Perry, alongside other members have been working hard, crafting toys and restoring items to sell at an upcoming raffle, so they can give back to the community while raising funds for themselves.

The Tatura Men’s Shed is open every Tuesday from 10am till 2pm.

— Bailey Slade, Mooroopna Secondary College Year 11 student

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