Shed members help out a mate in need
PETER Ardrey can't speak highly enough of the support he has received since the loss of his Wallace St house in a fire.
"People in the street have stopped and given me $20," he said.
Yesterday, the Warwick Men's Shed held a sausage sizzle at Warwick Supa IGA to raise funds for one of their members.
Mr Ardrey, who uses a wheelchair for mobility, said demolition on the site of his home would start this week.
"I was under-insured, but will get a roof over my head," Mr Ardrey said.
"Plans have been drawn up for the house. It will be close to the ground to suit me."
Mr Ardrey has been to the Men's Shed a couple of times and enjoys his time with the group at the old Rosenthal Shire Council workshop.
"They often ring up and see how I am going," he said.
Men's Shed member Darryl Rank said the group wanted to help Mr Ardrey through the rebuilding stage.
"Peter has come along to our group," he said.
The group meets from 9am-noon Monday, Wednesday and Saturday and attracted a group of 12 on a wet Saturday at the weekend.
"We have 26 members and more are welcome to any of our days," Mr Rank said.
The group offers support to each other, but has an important charter to undertake projects to help the community.
That gives the members a sense of ownership and mateship and helps get more men involved.
They were happy with the response from Sunday shoppers outside the store yesterday with each gold coin donation assisting Mr Ardrey in rebuilding his home.