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Benalla Lions supports Tatong Girls’ Shed bushfire appeal

By Simon Ruppert

The Benalla Lions have donated $600 to the Tatong Girls’ Shed to allow them to put together bags of sewing equipment to donate to people who have lost everything in recent bushfires.

The intention of the initiative is to restore some normality to woman, and some men, who enjoy crafts, but have lot all the equipment they use.

The Girls’ Shed has been busy sewing bags from donated materials which will be used to carry the equipment the donation pays for.

Girls’ Shed member Pat Manser said the group was grateful to the lions for supporting their efforts.

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“This $600 will allow us to put sewing equipment in the bags that the girls have sewn,” Ms Manser said.

“And those will be going up to the victims of the fires, people who’ve lost their homes – some who have lost everything.

“We are keeping the money local. We will be buying all sewing supplies at Millers on Briidge St.

“We need to get all the bags ready first. Then when they are filled we will have them taken up and distributed via the CFA or Red Cross.

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“And most of these little towns affected by the fires have craft groups, so we will touch base with some of those and find out who would really benefit from these bags.”

Lions president Graham Milner said this was exactly the type of initiative the group liked to support.

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“These bags will make a real difference to some people,” Mr Milner said.

“This money was raised by some public donations and also the community yard sale that was held in Goomalibee Rd recently.

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“And some of it is financed from special accounts within Lions which are set aside specifically for bushfire charities.

“And if the Girls’ Shed want any help distributing them we will also offer to take some of these bags up to Corryong.

“We are up there quite regularly at the moment helping out with the crews who are doing all the re-fencing.”

If you would like to join the Girls’ Shed in Tatong it is based in the Tatong Memorial Hall.

You can pop along on the third Friday of each month from 10 am to 4 pm.

Ms Manser said to bring a bite to eat for lunch, introduce yourself and it was only $5 for the day - with all money going towards the upkeep of the hall.