Wamuran handymen's gift to kids

Caboolture Hospitals Connie Gray and Kylie Sykes were happy to receive some antique children's furniture which was lovingly restored by members of the Wamuran Men's Shed (from left) Evan Jones, Stan Harland and Wayne Rye.
Caboolture Hospitals Connie Gray and Kylie Sykes were happy to receive some antique children's furniture which was lovingly restored by members of the Wamuran Men's Shed (from left) Evan Jones, Stan Harland and Wayne Rye. Contributed

A UNIQUE collection of antique children's furniture was lovingly restored and donated to the Paediatric Unit at Caboolture Hospital by the Wamuran and District Men's Shed on October 13.

They were originally given to the community group by a lady who won them in a Red Cross raffle through when she was a young child around the late 1940s.

WADMS Wayne Rye secretary said the five pieces of furniture definitely needed some tender loving care but he and his members were up for the challenge.

"She donated it to us with some other stuff and when we got it, it was in a bit of disrepair,” he said.

"I said to the boys, 'how about we donate it'. What better way to give back to the community?

"We sanded it all back and we had to make a draw to replace a missing draw. It got sanded back and repainted.

"On the whole, it's original material. It just got new seats on the chairs.”

Wayne said it was a great way for him and his members to feel rewarded after the age of retirement.

"They all feel really good about it, that's what the Shed's about - making sure the blokes have something to do and if there's an end goal... the community's going to benefit,” he said.

"These guys are in their 70s and some are in their 80s, and they're putting together some great furniture.

"They feel wanted within the community again, within themselves. When they finish work, they've got nothing to do.”

Caboolture and Kilcoy Hospitals Executive Director Dr Lance Le Ray thanked the members for their thoughtfulness and effort.

"We are always supportive of and welcome any donation from our community,” he said.

"Wamuran Men's Shed's gift of kindness will be welcomed by the young kids and families here at the hospital and I have no doubt these items will be treasured,” Dr Le Ray added.

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