Special Notices in Date Order (generally excludes items on our Program)
9th May 2015 – Clarrie Hockley (13/03/1928 – 09/05/2015, 87 years) passed away
10th Apr 2015 – Bob Greeney spoke on the Meccano Project & the fact that it now operated in eight primary schools with about 60 volunteers. More volunteers are always appreciated – for more information, click HERE
10th Apr 2015 – Brian Wells is still seeking old spectacles, frames, cases etc to send overseas to disadvantaged recipients. Please bring any old spectacles, even damaged or broken ones to the Shed and Brian will take them off your hands
Apr 2015 – Bowel Screening Kits – These can be arranged through Rotary for $15 – contact Ron Thomson 6258 4699. Should be available from 1 May Read this
April 2015 – Shed Kitchen Renovation – North Belco Uniting Church, is renovating the kitchen in the Shed building. This existing kitchen will be removed between 13-16 April & the new kitchen installed over a few weeks commencing 20 April.
1st Apr 2015 – AMSA Insurances for Melba Shed for Mar 2015 – Feb 2016
Long Cycle Trips planned
Lunchtime Melodies – Joint Venture between Ginninderra Rotary & Belconnen Raiders Club – 2nd Wed each month starting 9th July between 11.30-12.30PM at Raiders Belconnen (Kippax), gold coin donation – includes various bands, choirs, individuals, films: coffee, tea & option of $9 seniors lunch after. Next event 10th Jun
24th April 2015 – Laurie Power recently broke his ankle. He is still immobile, and expects to be absent from the Shed for several weeks. However, with his kindle, mobile phone, and TV remote readily available he is in high spirits. He sends his thanks to the many Shed members who have called him
6th Mar 2015 – John Canning has advised he is not well. He will be undertaking tests to determine what action is needed
20th Feb 2015 – Harry Williams who was reported on 3rd Feb as having bad breaks in his ankle from tripping over a sign on a footpath at Belconnen recently. He is now home recuperating. He’s happy to receive visitors but please check first with his wife, Margaret on 6251 2219. Harry is still improving. He is now able to hobble along on a walking stick, and has a medical helper check on him three times a week
3rd Feb 2015 – One of our inaugural & founding members Don Gruber diagnosed with bowel cancer. It it with deep regret we advise that Don has aggressive bowel cancer. We wish him all the best and hope his treatment will be successful. Don has been at the HaHa Bar on several occasions. In late March he went with Phil to Boorowa & Goulburn to research more of his ancestors. Later news received indicates Don’s heavy treatment may be stemming his tumours. We hope further treatment will provide even more good news.
25 Dec 2014 – Member Ray Nelson was admitted to Calvary Hospital after suffering symptoms of a mild stroke. On the 8th Jan Ray was moved to Canberra Hospital. Ray had successful surgery on Tuesday 13th Jan, with malignant tumours being removed. Ray is in good spirits and quite mobile but has suffered some impacts to his sight and reading ability. Ray had radiation treatment during the first part of Feb. He began special immune treatment on 25th Feb. He has made appearances at the HaHa Bar on various occasions. He is still undergoing chemo treatment in April
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Member & Friends Information
Tabitha Foundation – Cambodia – History of Volunteers and Housebuilding
In early 1995, Andy Payne, a teacher with United World College in Singapore, came to Cambodia and learned about Tabitha. Andy wanted his students to come and learn about poverty through a volunteer experience. Tabitha Cambodia responded to this request by developing the house building project. The concept was to provide a learning experience that taught the recent history of Cambodia and to combine this learning with a practical experience of the impact on many people here. This was to be done through building a small home for a family in our project. From 1995 when the first team arrived until 2003 – the number of houses built was deeply affected by various coup attempts within Cambodia and concern over health issues such as SARS and the bird flu. Since 2003, the number of volunteers and the house being built have increased from 300 per year to a current average of 1,000 plus per year.
Bob Greeney’s daughter, Kate, a teacher at Harrison School, has raised funds to support the building of six new houses in Cambodia through the Tabitha Foundation. Here’s what Kate had to say: … I will be headed overseas in January to build houses in the poorest rural and remote villages of Cambodia. Our team will be undertaking this project through the Tabitha Foundation and we are aiming to build six houses while we are away. To do that we need to raise the money for each house we plan to build (one house is $1,700 Australian dollars)
Kate Greeney, Executive Teacher – Yrs 5-10 Student Engagement, Harrison School, Wimerra Street, Harrison ACT 2914, Phone: 02 6142 2200
St John Ambulance has announced their community education program, Project Resilience is continuing in 2015 & will again target active retirees, seniors & their families. This year they have two topics that will be repeated at different times over the year. These first aid information sessions are again free for active retirees, seniors and their families and will be run by St John ACT volunteers. Bookings can be made on 6282 2399. Dates & details in this flyer
The topics are:
1. What if the worst happens – This will focus on what to do if someone is not awake, talking or breathing normally or is choking.We will cover the DRSABCD Action plan, how to do CPR (it’s surprisingly easy), how to use a defibrillator & how to help someone who is choking.
2. Medical emergencies – This will focus on conscious patients suffering chest pain, stroke, anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) & burns.
Park Run around part of Lake Ginninderra. This group offers a 5Km free fun run around part of the Lake every Sat from 8AM. They meet at John Knight park. There are similar runs at Gungahlin and Tuggeranong
2014 – Open letter from North Belconnen Day Centre – The Centre meets just across the way in the Church building. Any Melba Shed member is welcome to talk to Jeanette Branch on 6258 5784 at the North Belconnen Day Centre if they have friends, family or neighbours, men or women, who would benefit from the day centre activities or whose families/ carers would benefit from respite by those they care for accessing NBDC sessions (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 10am-2pm). Click HERE for more information
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4th April 2014 – MLA Dr Chris Bourke. Chris introduced himself & explained that he was keen to experience our shed & what we do & meet some of our members. Both Mary Porter & he had a strong interest in the variety of Men’s Shed that are springing up in the ACT & what they had to offer men in our community. Chris stated that he was keen to work on seeing networking between these sheds develop over the next 12 months, being a big fan of the shed movement.