Men’s Shed life saver

The Central Men’s Shed in New Town has received a piece of life- saving equipment and some specialised training from St John Ambulance, equipping members with the necessary skills to assist in a crisis.

Funding for an automated external defibrillator and first aid training was part of a $2,400 Federal Government Volunteer Grant secured by Independent Member for Clark Andrew Wilkie.

“None of us are getting any younger so it’s important that we have this equipment installed and that everybody gets to do the training that St John’s Ambulance Is providing,” Central Men’s Shed treasurer Pat Flanagan said.

The Central Men’s Shed is a special project of the St Vincent de Paul Society, which assists in the management of the shed.

Mr Wilkie said the defibrillator and training would go a long way in making the shed a safer place.

“Men’s sheds are vital establishments for people to make new friends in a welcoming place and share a laugh, all while practicing or learning new skills,” he said.

“It’s great to see this grant money being spent on a worthwhile project that enhances the community.”

Rod Quarrel had been a men’s shed member for more than 10 years, and says the sheds are a great way to meet people in a friendly environment.

“It’s about mateship and fills a void where it gets people together,” he said.

“There’s a diverse range of people – we’ve got men who are retired, nearing retirement, as well as some younger blokes.

“Anyone is welcome and there is always a friendly ear about.”

The Central Men’s Shed is open on Tuesday and Thursday, with a ladies day every Friday. For more information, phone 6234 4244.

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