Donors warm hearts of shed members

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GRAEME Morris and other members of the Safety Beach-Dromana Men’s Shed after thieves stole their tools valued at $12,000. Picture: Yanni

WHILE members of the Safety Beach-Dromana Men’s Shed were devastated by the theft of tools from their Pier Street premises last week, the generosity of well-wishers has lifted their spirits.

Member John Whalley said within hours of news of the robbery becoming known Zac Poulier, proprietor of Stillwater at Crittendens, Dromana, had called to offer to cover the excess payable by the shed to its insurance company over the burglary claim (“$12,000 theft a blow to men’s shed”, The News, 3/7/18).

“The following day Zac visited the shed and presented us with a bank cheque for $1000,” Mr Whalley said.

“Needless to say, we were blown away by such spontaneous generosity. We had considered a levy on members to meet the cost of our insurance excess, which would have been an unwelcome option to some members. Thankfully that will not now be necessary.”

Mr Whalley said several other organisations had “rallied to our aid with donations of new and pre-loved tools”. These included Bunnings Rosebud which donated a $300 drop saw and $200 drill which have allowed members to start reequipping their shed.

Meanwhile, members of Dromana Football and Netball Club have chipped in to help, too. Shed vice-president Graeme Morris said a whip around among players and officials after training on Thursday night raised $300 for tools and equipment.

“It was a wonderful effort,” Mr Morris said. “It’s all about community.”

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 10 July 2018

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