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The Orange Men’s Shed has been awarded a grant of $2,250 from the Federal Government to purchase a defibrillator under the latest round of the Government’s National Shed Development Programme.

Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee made the announcement during a visit to the shed where he also took the time to view some of the projects currently underway.

Mr Gee said the Orange Men’s Shed will celebrate ten years in 2019 and is a wonderful asset to the local community.

“The Orange Men’s Shed is a fantastic organisation, boasting 57 members and ably led by President Hugh Laird. They have done a wonderful job over the past nine years to make a positive contribution to Orange, as well as providing a supportive environment for any local men who need a bit of space and some friendly, easy-going company,” Mr Gee said.

“Men are often the last ones to make their health and wellbeing a priority. It’s imperative that we do what we can to ensure they get the support they need and deserve.”

Mr Gee added that men’s sheds are integral to the community and the benefits to men’s health are widely acknowledged.

The Orange Men’s Shed meets every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9.30am – 3pm at the Lucknow Community Hall.

The Men’s Shed grants programme provides funding for health improvement activities, the purchase of tools and equipment, community projects and training, and for building maintenance and development.