Buderim Men's Shed to raise funds for new home
THE Buderim Men's Shed will hold an open day from 8.30am to 1pm on Saturday, November 19, to fundraise for a new shed at 53 Mill Road, Buderim.
Buderim Men's Shed vice president Barry Cheales said the Buderim Men's Shed is the largest of 1000 sheds in Australia with near 300 members.
"We are currently occupying a shed at Mill Road Buderim through the wonderful sponsorship of owner Dr Bill Glasson," he said.
"When the Men's Shed first gained access to this venue through the generosity of Dr Bill Glasson and Professor Clair Jackson in 2012, locals were unaware of what all these men were doing coming to this previous eye clinic each day. Respite centre, men's health clinic or what?
"The Men's Shed decided that with the fast growing membership numbers that we should open the doors to the community and show the variety of activities being conducted for men within the Shed," Barry explained.
"In the five years since we started, this shed had developed to provide 300 men in the community the opportunity to have a place to go to be with other men and participate in 26 different activities.
"We have been given notice that we will have to depart the Mill Road premises in seven years and with the assistance of Steve Dickson we have secured a lease on crown land at Kulin.
"The Buderim Men's Shed is undertaking fundraising for $1 million to build a new shed which will also be shared by other not for profit community organisations."
The organisation's Senior Workout Group has 30 regular attendees and has become the largest regular attended three-day-a-week activity, next to the computer group.
They have a healthy cooking group Blokes BBcue, which was started by the University of the Sunshine Coast's nutrition students.
Their wood turning groups have created some interesting pieces, including a table light in camphor laurel.
The group has plans for a Shindig at the Sed dinner in 2017, with dancing, bush food and a giant auction.
Visit buderimmensshed.org/home/us/ for more information.
DETAILS OF OPEN DAY:
* To be held from 8.30am to 1pm on Saturday, November 19. The day's official opening is at 11am.
* In its fifth year, the open day shows the community what goes on in the shed during the week and is an opportunity to sell some to the many items made by the men and raise funds for the building fund.
* Sale items made by the men will include a variety of bread boards, wooden toys, household items, garden items, plants and more.
* There will be a variety of food and drink available, with music from Sunshine Coast Grammar school musicians and the shed's own musical band.