- Dec. 24, 2012 - NEWCASTLE, Australia --
The Blue Gum Hills Mens Shed have received a new grant from the Sidney Myer Foundation. This funding will allow them to do handyman yard work for the frail elderly and disabled. Money offered to them is to buy a new ride on mower and self propelled lawn mower, in addition they will get a new hedge trimmer and line trimmer for doing charity work for the community. Also they are getting $3,000 worth of power tools to do the handyman repairs.
Too often elderly people and disabled people are taken advantage of business's and charged large sums of money to get their yards cleaned up or small repairs done around the home. For a small donation the men's shed will help support these needy people. The only criteria is that they don't have any family support and on a low income.
The men from this support group ( http://blue-gum-hills-mens-shed.com/site/
) have all kinds of requests, one elderly lady brought a new fridge and when it was delivered it would not fit in the space provided. The men from the shed went out and adjusted the kitchen so the fridge would fit. Another man was in a wheelchair and was trapped at home because he could not get his wheelchair down the steps, so the men went out and built him a wheelchair ramp for easy access.
The volunteers from the shed, quietly go about their daily activities, and the grant funding will give them easier access for doing their community charity work.