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Uncle Tobys team supporting Men’s Shed community projects in the Riverina and Indigo Shire

The Uncle Tobys team and the Australian Men’s Shed Association have announced $14,000 in funding to be distributed to seven Men’s Sheds across the Riverina (NSW) and Indigo Shire (VIC), the home of Uncle Tobys.

The funding will support local community projects undertaken by the recipient Men’s Sheds. Based on the great quality of applications (details below), the decision was made to expand the number of grants awarded for this inaugural year of the Community Goodwill Programme.

“Helping to nurture thriving and resilient communities is at the heart of Uncle Tobys values. Through our partnership with the Australian Men’s Shed Association we are providing grants to fund meaningful activities for the Indigo Shire and Riverina region community,” said Nestlé Business Manager – Nutritious Snacks Lisa May.

“We’re proud to be able to support this local community, many of whom are our staff, friends and families, and also our farmers.”

This program of grants is part of a three-year partnership between the Uncle Tobys Team and AMSA to support Men’s Sheds and community health and wellbeing in the Riverina and Indigo Shire regions.

“The support of the Uncle Tobys team means that we can deliver initiatives that not only benefit Men’s Sheds but also extend those benefits into the community,” said AMSA Executive Officer David Helmers.

Along with a number of other initiatives, with the support of the Uncle Tobys team AMSA will be on site at Henty Machinery Field Days (18-20 September) to offer Spanner in the Works? men’s health checks to visitors.

Funding recipients

Griffith Shed for Men GRIFFITH (NSW) – Building a Chicken coop for the local Lake Wyangan School.

Gundagai Men’s Shed GUNDAGAI (NSW) – Creating Gundagai’s first Community Garden. Growing a small yet manageable orchard, raised wicking beds, and native flowering trees to attract pollinators.

Leeton Shire Men’s Shed LEETON (NSW) – Providing outdoor seating and table-sets to accommodate able bodied, special needs, and wheel-chair bound children for the Gralee Support School for handicapped children.

Narrandera Shed for Men NARRANDERA (NSW) – Building Music cupboard for St Joseph’s Primary School to store valuable musical instruments. Also building creative and sustainable infrastructure for Grong Grong Earth Park.

The Quinty Men’s Shed URANQUINTY (NSW) – Funding community education workshops on Suicide Awareness and Prevention, and Common Misunderstandings in the use of Medicines.

Rutherglen Men’s Shed RUTHERGLEN (VIC) – Construction of park bench seating around Lake King, and decorations for the township to help locals and visitors to further enjoy the area and getting outdoors.

Wahgunyah & District Men’s Shed WAHGUNYAH (VIC) – Building breeding boxes for Rutherglen Landcare, and benches for walking and bike trails.