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IMB BANK COMMUNITY FOUNDATION LENDS ITS SUPPORT TO THIRROUL MEN’S SHED REFURBISHMENT

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Retired men in the Illawarra can opt for retirement with a difference when they attend the newly-launched premises housing the Thirroul Men’s Shed.

Located in Church Street, Thirroul in a refurbished railway shed, the new Men’s Shed HQ was adapted and fitted out thanks to grants from the IMB Bank Community Foundation’s 2016 round of funding and the Lions Club of Austinmer/Thirroul.

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP officially opened the new premises at a launch today attended by IMB Bank CEO Robert Ryan and Thirroul Men’s Shed Vice President Bob Ascoli and representatives of the Lions Club.

IMB Bank CEO Robert Ryan praised the Men’s Shed movement for providing a place for men to work together to help the local community.

“The Men’s Shed movement had changed the lives of thousands of men and IMB Bank Community Foundation has supported 35 projects at 22 individual Men’s Sheds since the movement began in 2005, donating $345,000 in total.

“I would like to congratulate the Thirroul Men’s Shed on everything its members do for the local community and I am pleased the Community Foundation could help them refurbish their new workshop,” Mr Ryan said.

Thirroul Vice President Bob Ascoli said theMen’s Shed could now open four days for its 35-40 members who undertake woodturning, woodworking, photography and computer skills.

“We are delighted with our new premises and thank the IMB Community Foundation, the NSW Government and the Austinmer/Thirroul Lions Club for making it a reality.

“We will now be able to cater for more men and a greater range of activities which will allow us to expand our service with activities such as metalworking, ultimately benefiting the local community,” Mr Ascoli said.

More than 150,000 men across the country assist their local communities through one of 957 Men’s Shed programs.