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In a friendly spirit of co-operation, two of the Myall Coastís Service Clubs have joined with the Tea Gardens Menís Shed to provide a much needed disabled facility to one of our local residents.†

The Lions Club of Tea Gardens, The Rotary Club of Myall Coast and the Tea Gardens Menís Shed have pooled their talents and resources to provide a residential access ramp and a mobility scooter to Barbara Downing of Tea Gardens.

When interviewed, a representative of the Lions Club said, ďOver the years, Barbara and her late husband, Ken, have been very involved in Community works and this was seen

What Community Groups are all about

as one way that we could show thanks for their contribution.Ē

The Lions Club has had a mobility scooter in its possession for some years now, and decided to provide Barbara with the scooter on a long-term loan. Menís Shed member, John Sills, along with others from the Menís Shed team stripped down the scooter and completely reconditioned it.

The access to Barbaraís home was not able to accommodate the scooter so Ian Robinson, President of the Menís Shed and Lions member, proposed that the talented team from the Menís Shed should construct and install a suitable access ramp.† The Rotary Club was approached to participate in the venture and agreed to provide $500 to cover the cost of all the required building materials.

Since then, the scooter has been delivered and the ramp built and installed by a team led by Des Pagett and Kevin Partridge of the Menís Shed.† Barbara said, ďI am just so appreciative of the wonderful work that everyone has done. It will make such an enormous difference to my ability to get about in my daily lifeĒ.

This is a classic example of how Service Clubs and organisations such as the Menís Shed can work together to make a difference in the Community.† Thanks to the incredible support that we get from our local Community, we are able to ďLend a HandĒ where needed.

Ian Mackenzie-Smith

Publicity Officer

Rotary Club of Myall Coast


Back row: Rotary Club President Brian Oakley; Menís Shed President and Lion Ian Robinson;

Menís Shed carpenter, Des Pagett and Lions Club Treasurer Bart Huthnance.

Front and centre: Barbara proudly showing off her new mobility scooter and access ramp.