Bendigo Bank raises funds for Men’s Shed

By Simon Ruppert

Benalla's Bendigo Bank has been assisting the Men's Shed in their move to new premises on Waller St.

Since breaking ground at their new site the Men's shed has been busy fundraising to get the slab down and building up.

The community has been backing the shedders' plan with the group already receiving the concrete for their slab free of charge from LS Precast.

Benalla Men's Shed members pictured in 2017

Now Bendigo Bank has got on board, selling chocolates in the Benalla Branch to support the move.

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Bendigo Bank customer relationship officer Janelle Hossack said the Benalla Branch was happy to help out.

“We are hoping to engage the community (and) inform people of what the Men’s Shed are hoping to achieve,” Ms Hossack said.

“We also want to make people aware of all the great things that the group do within our community.

“We currently have Cadbury chocolates for sale in the (Benalla) branch.

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Benalla Mayor Scott Upston and Men's Shed President Lou Sigmund sign the lease on new premisis currently under construction in Waller St.

“And we will be running a barbecue out the front on September 26 from 10.30am to 2.30pm with all funds raised going towards our contribution target of $3000.”

Men's Shed president Lou Sigmund said the help Bendigo Bank had provided had been invaluable.

“They have already donated $1000, which is amazing,” Mr Sigmund said.

“They are selling chocolate in store, but also have the barbecue coming up on Thursday (September 26).

“Bendigo Bank has been a huge help in supporting the Men's Shed in our endeavours to get the new building up at Waller st.

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“The community has been great, but we are still some way off our target of $11 000.

“So everyone who buys a chocolate bar or comes along to the barbecue and grabs a sausage is really helping out."'

A recent project the Men's Shed undertook was the full restoration of the old Bertalli's Bread Cart.
This is the same cart after Men's Shed members worked their magic.

The Men's Shed has big plans for the money they are currently raising.

“It will go towards the building of a community meeting point,” Mr Sigmund said.

“It will be a building that will be separate to the Men's Shed.

“It will be on the same slab, but it will be able to be used by community organisations free of charge.

“The Men's Shed will also use it as a meeting room and our lunch room.

“It will also be the nucleus for the community garden that people are very keen to get started.

“And it will have a kitchen so that men who have lost their wives can learn to cook quick meals and things like that."'

Building Mateship

Mr Sigmund said the shedders owed a lot to the Benalla Community.

“I would like to thank the community for their support, we can't do what we do without the their support." Mr Sigmund said.

“If any people in the community need help, in particular men, I am encouraging them to come down and have a cuppa with us instead of sitting at home twiddling their thumbs.”

Show your support for the Men's Shed by grabbing a bite to eat at the barbecue on Thursday or popping into Bendigo Bank and buying a chocolate bar.

● If you would like to become a member of the Men's Shed you can pop along to their current premises in the Showgrounds on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 9am-4pm, or phone president Lou Sigmund on 0427 337 963.