Callide Valley Men's Shed made accessible

The contribution of the members of the Callide Valley Men’s Shed were honoured this February as supporters and friends gathered in the central Queensland town of Biloela to celebrate the organisation’s second birthday and the grand opening of their Shed.

Callide Men's Shed

Named ‘Ray’s Workshop’ in honour of their generous benefactor Ray Grace, the brand-new shed will house the workshop tools and equipment used by the Men’s Shed members to design, construct, repair and refurbish everything from children’s toys to garden furniture to horse-shoe Christmas trees.

Vice-President and MC for the day Graeme Whelan thanked the long list of local supporters who had contributed funds, resources and time to creating the high-quality facility. Prior to the opening of the Shed, the members had worked out of first a milk factory and then an old building last used by the playgroup.

“We are so grateful to our supporters and are proud of our ability to make a little go a long way and to re-use every little thing. We help the community in many ways, but the most important part of this Shed is the support we give each other. Being there for one another and helping through tough times is what we do – if we help just one person through their worst day, then it’s all worth it,” Graeme said.

Monsanto Fund representative in Australia Carissa Buckland said Monsanto was delighted to be able to contribute to the Shed with a $5000 grant from the Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities program.

“The Men’s Shed plays a vital role in safe-guarding the mental health of men of this area and improving the well-being of the community in general. I want to acknowledge the quiet way they go about giving back to their community and helping out their mates,” Carissa said.

The Monsanto Fund grant will be used to construct a disability access bathroom in the Men’s Shed which will also allow other community groups to use the Shed and associated building for local events, creating even more opportunities for the community to come together.

“I would like to thank cotton grower Scott Fitzgerald who submitted a very strong nomination to the grants program for the Callide Valley Men’s Shed. We know that small local organisations are the life blood of regional communities and Monsanto is proud to run a program that recognises and supports their amazing work, “she said.

The Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities is a grants program run by the Monsanto Fund in partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

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