Moore Park Beach Men’s Shed is holding a car-boot sale this weekend to enable the not-for-profit organisation that supports mental health to buy more tools.
The Moore Park Beach Men's Shed Car Boot Sale will be held on Sunday, 30 June at the Moore Park Beach Oval from 9am.
There will be more than 20 stalls, a sausage sizzle and a chance to meet some of the members.
Donation helps to establish Moore Park Beach Men's Shed
The group started about 10 months ago when community member John Lawrence felt something had to be done to support men's health, and in particular mental health.
After speaking to other men in the area, John set about starting the Moore Park Beach Men’s Shed and was overwhelmed by a donation from a family who had also lost their father to suicide.
“I got a call from a lady named Harriet and she said her father had died and they wanted to donate some tools,” John said.
“When I went to have a look at the tools, I saw they had a five acre block of land and a beautiful six-bay shed; that’s when Harriet told me about her father.
“It was around Christmas time and her father, who had a lovely family, decided to take his own life.”
John said Harriet then asked if they wanted to use the sheds for their group.
“She said perhaps if we were around at that time, her dad would still be here.
“Harriet said a local Men’s Shed could have given her dad something to do to take his mind off things.”
The group graciously accepted the generous offer and has continued to grow.
John said the aim of the group was to promote health in an environment where men felt like they could be there for each other in a non-discriminating manner, with an aim to improve the well-being of all men at Moore Park Beach.
“Today there are about 40 members,” he said.
“And the door is always open for more.”
For more information about the car-boot sale or the Moore Park Beach Men’s Shed phone John Gatt 0437 085 297 or Peter Gillies 0428 822 920 or check out the Facebook page.
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