Help to boost young reading

AN idea to pass on some donated timber to the East Hills District Men Shed has paid off for Picnic Point Public School who are now the proud owners of a ‘Lilliput’ Library which the men built from scratch and installed at the school last week.

East Hills Mens Shed President Brian Barrett said they had supplied similar units to other schools and kindergartens in the area, also free of charge.
“We support all the not-for-profit groups too, including Revesby’s Biyani House women’s refuge, assisting with emergency repairs and ongoing maintenance,” he said.
“We also recently repaired 12 tricycles for the Broderick Gillawarna special needs school to assist students with their mobility needs.”
Brian said the Men’s Shed members were enthusiastic about assisting wherever possible.
The group fundraises from sales of items they manufacture, accept donations and are grateful for the crucial support of Bunnings airport store through sausage sizzles and materials which they often supply for their local projects.
“We are the quiet achievers with our main goal to recycle grumpy old men and turn them into useful angels,” he added with a laugh.
Picnic Point Public School Principal Karen Sellick said she appreciated their partnership with such a wonderful community organisation.
“We are very grateful for their donation of the beautifully made ‘Lilliput’ Library, whereby student borrowers can just take a book and don’t have to go through our main library, which will encourage reading, book sharing and collaboration across our student community,” she said.