Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Tools For Life

When the kind-hearted gentlemen at the Airlie Beach Men’s Shed heard about the special delivery of supplies heading over to help families in Fiji and Vanuatu, they jumped at the opportunity to help out.

Recently, many South Sea Islander communities have been ravaged by a series of cyclones which, in many cases, have caused destruction to property and resulted in many homes needing extensive repairs.

Upon hearing about the destruction, Coral Sea Marina collaborated with four of their resident super yachts which have offered to transport donated goods to provide much-needed aid to these countries.

They will be departing on March 31 and over the past few weeks, dozens of people within the community have been donating clothes and other essential items.

Last Friday the local Men’s Shed also got involved by donating their surplus tools to the cause.

A large cut-off saw and several other battery-powered items such as grinders, sanders, drills and of course basic hand tools such as hammers were all packed up and sent off.

The night before, two Men’s Shed volunteers cleaned the tools, charged them up and ensured they were in good working order.

If you would like to donate, they are now taking donations of items such as nails, tarpaulins, hand tools, large cooking pots, laundry soap for cold water hand washing, female hygiene products, plastic bins with lids and first aid items.

Donations can be received at the Coral Sea Marina Office located above the Garden Bar Bistro.

All items must be clean and in good working order.

Don Campbell and Alan Corney. Photo caption: Rachael Smith

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