Community Involvement

Special Community Involvement

12th Dec 2017 – Cyclists Donations – The EasyRiders contributed to another worthy cause by donating $180 to the Red Cross to cover the payment gap in an ultrasound for a soon-to-be mum.  The total donated from the “coffee card” funds is now $5,907

28th Nov 2017 – Cyclists Donations – The EasyRiders contributed to another worthy cause by purchasing a rear-vision mirror ($125) and fitting it to a car owned by a single mum.  The total donated from the “coffee card” funds is now $5,727

3rd Nov 2017 – Paul McCarthy advised Shed members that the BCS Annual Report has an article extolling the great work by the Easyriders for the extra funds they raise by drinking coffee at Black Pepper. See the annual report here. Then go to Page 33.

29th Sep 2017 – Cyclists Donations – Paul McCarthy advised that the Cyclists donated $390 to enable a young girl with walking difficulties to participate in the holiday horse riding program at Pegasus (Riding for the Disabled). The total donated from the “coffee card” funds is now $5,602

4th Sep 2017 – Cyclists Donations – Paul McCarthy provided a donation of $289 to Alan Liah of Uniting Care Kippax to help an elderly lady pensioner pay for skin specialist and car service

9th Aug 2017 – Cyclists Donations – Paul McCarthy provided a donation of $140 to Alan Liah of Uniting Care Kippax to help a client pay for a CT scan

10 February 2017 – The EasyRiders donated $665 to Karinya House to assist three babies to learn to swim ($216 for each baby). Karinya sent a letter of appreciation. Paul McCarthy read out on 10th March a short extract from this letter, written in appreciation for the rider’s recent donation of $665.00 to Karinya House.

26th Jan 2017 – Don Gruber awarded OAM – The Australia Days awards included Donald Stuart Gruber being awarded the Order of Australia Medal for service to the community of the Australian Capital Territory. Congratulations to Don who was one of those instrumental in establishing Melba Shed as well as a member of Ginninderra Rotary Club – More Information

7th Dec 2016 – Another worthy cause (3 in fact) – The EasyRiders donated $600 worth of vouchers to Canberra City Care.  They consisted of two vouchers from Toys’R’Us (one for $300 & one for $200) to assist two families who were struggling to afford Christmas presents for their kids & a $100 dinner voucher at Bella Vista for a pensioner couple who have been in ill-health to have a night out – Canberracitycare-receipt

18th Oct 2016 (Tue) – Ginninderra Rotary visited Karinya hosted by their Vice-President Catherine Cooney, and then had dinner at the Shed from 7PM. The Shed hosted the club and provided cooked meat for the dinner (6 Shed members did the work) with Barry’s wife undertaking the other catering. Some 40 rotary members & guests attended. Roger Amos gave an overview of the Shed with Don Gruber providing the historic background

22nd Sep 2016 – The Cyclers have agreed to donate $300 from the “coffee card” funds by the EasyRiders to assist a student who had been selected from a competitive field to attend a special educational forum and needed to raise funds to be able to attend.  This brings the total donations to various causes since 2014 to $3,135. Tony has been in touch with the student, who is very grateful for the donation.  She intends to come along to coffee tomorrow week (i.e. Friday 30 September) to personally thank us

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Karinya Painting

12th Aug & 17th-19th Aug 2016 – Helping Karinya House, Home for Mothers & Babies Move in. Karinya House is a community based organisation providing supported accomm, transitional housing & outreach services to pregnant & parenting women & their families who are in crisis.  They moved into their new facility which is adjacent to the North Belco Uniting Church. Karinya sought help through contact Louisa from Karinya 0414 272 365. We responded and on Fri Afternoon, 12 Aug from 12.30 to 3.00 pm, around a dozen Shed members helped set up various items as well as assembled some IKEA items for the 18 rooms they will have. On Wednesday 17, Thursday 18 & Friday 19 August beds & furniture arrived on site & needed to be carried to Modules as well as IKEA flat pack items assembled. Wed 24th Aug misc work including putting up paintings, assembling child play house, etc Also Fri 26th & Mon 29th Aug

9th Aug 2016 – The Cycling Group raise some $50 a week though coffee purchase profits at Black Pepper Café, and on this day made another donation through Belconnen Community Centre to another person in need – this time $359 for a bed base. Paul McCarthy was at IKEA and bought the bed base and took it to Kippax BCS office where it was assembled by BCS

30th June 2016 (Thu) – 5 Shed members helped with cleaning up a house at Kambah for a lady associated with Karinya

27 June 2016 – The latest donation from the “coffee card” funds by Cyclers was $100 to a person who was struggling financially and required the money for some urgent transport needs

7 June 2016  –  The Cyclers donated $450 to Karinya House for Mothers and Babies.  Part ($275) was to pay for medication for a pregnant woman who has been placed on a lot of expensive medication due to stress and extreme illness and is struggling to afford it.  The other $175 (consisting of $150 from “coffee funds” and $25 donations from some Easyriders) was for a young Mum on a low income who is at Karinya and needs to buy herself some specific items of clothing that cannot be acquired second hand

6 April 2016 – The Cyclers donated $230 to Mt Rogers Primary School to pay for a student to access the special instrumental band program

23rd Mar 2016 – Member 85 year old Wally Blumenfeld retired from the local SES & was honoured for his long 37 years of service Good one Wally

29th Mar 2016 (Sun) – 5 members helped out with cleaning up at the Snowy Hydro SouthCare open day at Hume

3rd Sep 2015 Another Worthy Cause – With the agreement of the Shed committee, the cyclists donated a total of $1000 to a family whose daughter was being treated for cancer in hospital in Sydney

4th Dec 2015The Shed visited the ACT Fire Brigade Museum in Forest. We will donate $50 towards their efforts to preserve and retain some of the history of fire fighting in the ACT

21st Nov 2015 – (Sat) The annual Voices in the Forest concert was held.  10 Shed members were part of the Rotary volunteers who helped with parking & assisting visitors. The Shed will receive $1000 for the effort

7th Aug 2015 – Brian Wells want members to consider donating out of date old pharmaceuticals to send to places like Vietnam

10th Jul 2015 – Barry Howe has been awarded the Rotary Club of Ginninderra’s ‘Rotarian of the Year’ award for his contribution to the Club. Barry was an early members of our Shed and has been active in the Shed, Rotary and Greenhills for a long time

26th June 2015 – Mt Roger Primary School held its Outreach Day and invited Melba Shed to attend. Around 8 members attended through the work of Stuart Allan. There was some combined singing activities from 10.45-11.25AM and then morning from about 11.25 to 11.45AM

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

Mon 23 March 2015 – Greenhills Working Bee – 12 members & some from Griffiths (ACT) Shed helped out with maintenance activities

5th Dec 2014 Best Technology Student Project – For several years now Melba Shed has provided a small grant to Canberra High School in support of their Arts and Technology Showcase. Canberra High School Art and Technology teachers Kathryn Shaw and Ash Chandra visited us to introduce their 2014 Woodwork Arts and Technology Showcase winner, Jesse Staines.   Jesse’s project was to build a wooden clock, which he brought along to the Shed and described how he went about the project. It was an excellent effort with the numbers expertly inlaid into the timber clock face. Well done Jesse

30th Nov 2014 (Sun) ‘Voices in the Forest‘ at the Aboretum. 9 Shed members were among the 22 Shedders & Rotarians who assisted with car parking & bus driving duties at the event at the National Arboretum.  3 of our members were a little conflicted as they are also members of the Rotary Clubs that went to make up the 22 volunteers. The Shed will receive $1000 for the effort. Again Don Gruber was heavily involved in the organisation

27th October 2014 – Greenhills Working Bee – On this date some 12 Melba Shed Members undertook light gardening and cleaning up activities at Greenhills Centre

5th May 2014 – Greenhills Working Bee – The working bee ran from 09:30 to 12:30. 18 Shed members helped with prunning, planting and clearing activites

2nd May 2014 (Sat) – Rotary Trivia Night – Raiders Club West Belconnen 7PM – The Trivia night was held again this year, aimed at assisting in the eradication of Polio. With financial support of the Gates Foundation & Rotary International. A few shed members helped our co-sponsor, the Rotary Club of Ginninderra, raise over $1,500 towards the world-wide eradication of Polio. This amount is matched two to one by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation so effectively $4,500 now goes to the cause

Digital TV Provided for a Member – Unfortunately one of our members has had the misfortune to have his residence broken into recently with his televison set stolen. After a request by Geoff Grimmett for members to see if they had a spare unit, several generous donations by members enabled a new set to be provided. Well done!

28-29th Mar 2014 (Sat) Loriendale Orchard 24th Annual Apple Day – This was on again with Shed members (Stuart Allan, Graham Gartside, Ted Kell, Ted Tregilgas, Bob Salmond, Harry Redfern and Colin Fitzpatrick) helping setup on Fri afternoon in the rain and with the open day on Sat afternoon where they raised $10,800 for charities

18th Dec 2013 – (Tue) – 7PM – Dinner at ‘Wok n Sizzle’ Kippax – Shed members (including partners) had a dinner at the ‘Wok N Sizzle’ at Kippax shops, to celebrate a very successful 2013 and to farewell Gem, the former owner, who is moving to Adelaide. We have had several Shed meals at Wok N Sizzle and Gem looked after us very well. 31 members attended

17th Dec 2013: Canberra High School – Best Technology Student Project – Melba Shed was again pleased to support Canberra High School during its annual Showcase Arts & Technology Awards. We donated a cash prize of $50 for the Award which was presented by Laurie Power. A thank you from Canberra High to Laurie Power who presented our Shed’s award to Justin: “Dear Laurie, I have attached our final school newsletter for the year. On page 14, we have acknowledged Melba Men’s Shed and Laurie Power for presenting the Woodwork prize for the Arts & Technology Showcase winners at our school assembly. We appreciate the ongoing support that you have provided our school with this year and we look forward to your support again in 2014. On behalf of Canberra High School staff and students we wish you and the Melba Men’s Shed members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Kind Regards, Ash Chandra, Canberra High School, Executive Teacher – Design & Technology” Picture is in newsletter #212

13th Dec 2013 (Fri) – Greenhills – Certificate of Appreciation – Harry & several members attended a Christmas function at Greenhills where they were presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for working bees during 2013

10th Dec – (Tue) – 10AM – Morning tea at Greenhills with Rotary & Anglicare Shaw Possibilities persons. Several members went to Greenhills to experience what it has to offer

23rd Nov 2013 (Sat) – Community Concert ‘Voices in the Forest – Around 15-20 shed volunteers helped Rotary with parking arrangements at the Aboretum. Around 4,500 people turned up to enjoy the proceedings. We raised $1,363.44 towards Shed funds. Funds were paid by the Village Building Company. Thanks to Don Gruber for facilitating this event

31st Oct 2013 (Thu) The Shed again agreed to sponsor a $50 prize at the Canberra High School’s Arts and Technology Showcase. The award is for the best technology project in 2013. Last year Laurie Power made the presentation and he will do the same again this year. On 15th Nov the School wrote to us and thanked us for the donations

12th Oct 2013 (Sat) ACT Carers – Shed members Ron Thomson, Geoff Grimmett, Alex Ritchie and Keith Grieve donated their time on this Sat morning to run a Sausage Sizzle for Careers ACT

30th Aug – 1 Sep 2013 (Fri-Sun) Canberra Timber & Working with Wood Show – EPIC – Several members helped man the AMSA exhibit promoting individual Canberra and district Men’s Sheds, and the Shed movement as a whole

16th Aug 2013 (Fri) – Alex Ritchie reported on the benefit of publicity from David Attenborough’s visit to Canowindra’s Age of Fishes Museum. After newspaper reports on his visit appeared the Age of Fishes Museum was approached by an elderly woman (born in Canowindra but who had lived mostly elsewhere) offering to make a donation to the Museum. Alex contacted her and she offered a $20,000 donation to the AoFM. Because she had never seen the current Museum, and to bring her up to date, Alex sent her an information kit of articles and photographs on Canowindra. After reading this the donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, doubled the amount of her already generous donation to $40,000! Big effort!

21st June 2013 – Local Day Care group has been allocated some funds by the Government – The Shed (led by Jim Grenfell) will take on a consultancy for the Day Car Group to develop program guidelines, develop leaflets and a web site that is easy to maintain

21st Dec 2012 – Woodworking Support – Harry advised he is in contact with a lady at the old Holt Primary School who is arranging a woodworking facility for the Brain Injury Foundation. There will be a future opportunity for those with the right skills to work with children from this foundation on woodworking activities

21st Dec 2012 – Recycled Spectacles – Brian Wells reminded about the program of collection old spectacles and reading glasses for 3rd world countries. They are currently collecting for Myanmar (Burma)

24th Nov 2012 (Sat) – Community Concert ‘Voices in the Forest – Around 8-10 shed volunteers helped Rotary with parking arrangements at the Aboretum. Around 4,400 people turned up to enjoy beautiful concert featuring Sumi Jo. We raised $1,000 towards our building fund. Shed pictures

20th Oct 2012 (Sat) – Working bee at Weetangera Cemetery – Shed members helped out in a working bee at Weetangera Cemetery run by Rotary and the Southwell Family Pictures

8th Oct 2012 (Mon) – Shaw Possibilities Family Fun Day – Anglicare Shaw Possibilities held its annual family fun fair fundraiser fete on Monday 8 October from 10am to 3pm at in the carpark of their premises in Frewin Place, Scullin (see link above for the map). About as dozen members heped out with the Ginninderra Rotary BBQ

25 Sep 2012: Thurs: Canberra High School – Best Technology Student Project – Melba Shed was again pleased to support Canberra High School during its recent Showcase Arts & Technology Awards. We donated a cash prize of $50 for the Award night which was held on Tuesday 25 September. The award was presented by Laurie Power. The winner was Darcy Hatfield for his Metal Technology Project – a Naval Truck Cannon. (Pictured on the right with Darcy’ s Project below)

Donations 2012/13 – After the tour of the Queanbeyan Museum and District Historical Museum on 7th Sep 2012 we gave the Museum a donation of $50

20th Jul 2012 – Covenant Care Day Hospice – Lynn Pascoe visited us and spoke about the availability of day care hospice services and their need for volunteer help at Jamison. Shed members can volunteer to help including driving services if they feel qualified. This is a scanned copy of their client brochure which outlines what they offer to those seeking palliative services. Contacts are Lynn Pascoe email: [email protected] and Jenny Hall 0416 091 472. Information about palliative care in the ACT see The ACT Palliative Care Society Inc Geoff wrote a a good article on the Covenant Care Day Hospice in Newsletter No 141 of 27th July 2012

Don Gruber has been awarded the Rotary Club of Ginninderra’s ‘Rotarian of the Year’ award for his contribution to the Club. Don’s initiative in setting up and providing on-going support to Melba Shed received specific mention in the award presentation which took place on 23 June. Congratulations Don – we too greatly appreciate your committed contribution to the success of Melba Shed

Melba Shed members have been helping with YMCA Garage Sales at Yarraumla since early 2009. Shed members have helped with early setup from 0730, clearup from 1200, and running the BBQ from 0800-1200. We have been able to ue the money raised at these BBQs for donation to worthy causes and more recently helping with funding Shed activities. Like to Volunteer at the YMCA? Can you spare a few hours a week? The YMCA Auxiliary is a group of volunteers who raise funds for the Y. The Aux operates two Op Shops at Belconnen & Kingston & a donation processing centre at Yarralumla

Lead Access has been providing Harry Enright to bring and support David Livingstone to attend Shed meetings as a member and as a way of enabling him to engage more fully with community members. Part of what LEAD is trying to achieve is for people with a disability to be interactive with the broader Canberra community and be treated as an individual

Jennifer Thompson from Engaging Solutions visited our Shed on 3rd May 2012 accompanying David Livingstone and Harry Enright. She was undertaking a digital storytelling project. Jennifer Thompson is producing a short media piece for a local organisation (LEAD) highlighting ways in which people living with a disability can be treated as individuals and more engaged in the general Canberra community. LEAD (through Harry Enright) assists David Livingstone in attending the Melba Shed. Like many Canberra men, it is a highlight in David’s weekly social calendar. Picture: Alan Tongue talking to shed member David Lingingstone. Picture compliments of Jennifer Thompson

30th-31st Mar 2012 Apple Day’ at Loriendale Orchard – Shed members helped setup up the Apple Day on the afternoon of 30th March and/or assist with Apple Day functions at Loriendale Orchard on 31st March. This was organised through Geoff Grimmett on 6241 5973. This activity has been undertaken by the shed in 2010 and 2011 also in March

24 Dec 2011: Christmas Eve – North Belconnen Uniting Church – ‘Carols under fairy lights’ – At the North Belconnen Uniting Church there was a free BBQ from 6:30pm with carols commencing at 7:30pm – 4 Shed members manned the BBQ. Harry R and wife, Phil, Don, Geoff, Steve and Greg (Sweetapple – the “bagpipe man”) attended to carols

18 Dec 2011: Sun: Something Special for Christmas – as part of Melba Uniting Church’s Advent service program this year, each service had a theme. On Sunday 18th December the theme was “LOVE.” As a central part of this service we are inviting groups associated in some way with the church to make a contribution towards this theme. Your contribution would be a Christmas tree decoration that in some way symbolises the “Shedders” and the caring relationships that have built up amongst the members. This decoration could be crafted by members or store bought. During the service we would like a member of the Shed to describe why the decoration was chosen, how it symbolises the special bond that exists between the men in your group and to hang it on our tree. This oral presentation would be for a maximum of 3 minutes per group, as several groups have been invited. from Linda Grimmett. The shed responded through the work of Geoff Grimmett as follows

12 Nov 2011: Sat: National Aboretum Inaugural Community Concert – 10 Shedders (organised by Don Gruber) helped Rotary with parking arrangements for 1,500 cars at the Aboretum for the Inaugural Community Concert ‘Voices in the Forest’ from 4pm to 7.30pm. This helped raise $1,000 for the Shed and will be used on the extensions

3 Nov 2011: Thurs: Canberra High School – Best Technology Student Project – Melba Shed was pleased to support Canberra High School during its recent Technology Showcase. We donated a cash prize of $50 for the Woodwork section in the People’s Choice Awards for 2011. Congratulation to the winner – Adam Nebelung who was presented with his prize by Laurie Power at their assembly on Thursday 3rd Nov 2011 (Pictured on the right)

Donations in 2008/09 and 2009/2010 – As the result of raising money from a YMCA Garage Sale Sausage Sizzle on 21 Feb 2009 at Yarralumla, it was decided to donate money to a bush fire appeal and Uniting Care. Thus in FY 2008/09 we donated $250 to the David Balfour Trust that raised funds for the ACT fireman who died in the Victorian fires of Feb 2009. Also early in 2009/10 we donated another $250 to Uniting Care in Kippax through a cheque handed to the Rev Gordon Ramsay