A day of celebration and connection at Whitehorse Men’s Shed

Men's Shed members standing together with Neil Angus MP. One of them is holding a blue Rotary flag.

Whitehorse Men’s Shed Manager Stewart Blair recounts some of the highlights from their recent Open Day.

On Sunday 11 April, our Men’s Shed hosted an Open Day!

The main reason for the Open Day was to help Rotary celebrate their 100th birthday in Australia. A number of the local Rotary clubs in Whitehorse provide continued support for our Shed, and we value the strong partnership we have with them.

As part of their 100th birthday celebrations, several Rotary clubs banded together to run a Baton Relay that visited many of the community groups that they support.  Our Shed participated with the Rotary club of Forest Hill, with a couple of our ‘shedders’ completing two short legs of the relay.

Alongside the Rotary celebrations, the other purpose of the day was to showcase our Shed to the public. It also provided an opportunity for Men’s Shed members from different groups to catch up, many of whom haven’t seen each other in over a year.

Despite the wintry weather, several people came along to find out more about the Men’s Shed’s programs and activities, and we received a couple of very strong expressions of interest about joining our Shed.

Our Men’s Shed members were on hand to show attendees around the facilities, including the workshops and vegetable gardens, and were excited to show off the Shed’s current projects, including some lovely cheese boards, a wishing well, a model Harley Davidson, and a fully functional crane, just to name a few.

Neil Angus MP, State Member for Forest Hill, was involved in the Baton Relay. Following the relay, he returned the Shed and spent time chatting to us about our Men’s Shed programs. He showed a genuine interest in our work, and offered to liaise with his colleagues about how they could further support our Men’s Shed.

While the weather conditions were challenging, our members and attendees at the event all reported that they had a great afternoon!

I would like to thank Olive Aumann, General Manager – Mental Health, AOD and Prevention, (and also a member of Rotary) for enabling our Shed to be involved in this Rotary event.

Find out more about our Men’s Shed here

Image: Men’s Shed members standing with Neil Angus MP (second from left) at the Open Day.