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Men's Shed cheque presentation

An ordinary Friday afternoon barbecue for members of the West Wyalong Men’s Shed turned into a joyous celebration last week when representatives of the West Wyalong Rotary Club and West Wyalong Rugby Club walked through the door.

Just as some of the members reached for a delicious second helping of sausages, rissoles and salad, Rotary president Ray Smith and the Rugby Club’s Sean Cleary reached deep into their pockets to produce a cheque for $3000 from the proceeds of last year’s Paris in the West French Banquet dinner.

The Rotary Club organised the sold out banquet dinner while the Rugby Club provided the bar service and facilities with all funds raised donated to the recently established Men’s Shed.

Men’s Shed president John Mitchell was delighted to accept the cheque, which was quickly whisked away by an equally excited treasurer Tony Hutcheon, to a rapturous round of applause from the large turnout of other members in attendance.

“I would like to sincerely thank Rotary and the Rugby Club for their efforts, this money will go a long way,” Mr Mitchell said.

After receiving extensive start up support from Bland Shire Council and Barrick Gold, a community grant from Riverina First and various generous donations from members of the community, the grant from Rotary and the Rugby Club will allow the Men’s Shed to undertake a series of improvements to the Railway Road premises it leases off Council for a peppercorn rent.

With an impressive and growing inventory of tools and facilities now at their disposal, the donation arrives at the same time the Men’s Shed prepares to launch a major membership drive.

In the first few months of operations, the Men’s Shed has already made a tremendous impact on the community with more exciting opportunities and initiatives around the corner.

Members have put their talents to work to assist various local charities and community groups as well as undertaking some intriguing projects brought in by members of the community.

People interested in learning more about the Men’s Shed can contact John Mitchell on 6972 4221 or Tony Hutcheon on 69723539 or 0427 723539.