From disaster to hope
IN November 2008, Bob Heathwood's treasured shed and concrete slab floated across his yard due to flood water.
Then just over two years later, when more severe floods hit in January his shed moved again.
Mr Heathwood said the water was at shoulder-height and the shed floated again into a gum tree, which saved it from being washed away.
When volunteers were sent up from Boonah and the Scenic Rim to help dismantle the condemned shed, little did Mr Heathwood know that the disaster could turn into a positive.
They were up there for about three days working to get it packed up and transported.
Andy McCann and a team of workers had been breaking up the shed when it occurred to them it could be re-erected somewhere in the Boonah region for their branch of the Australian Men's Shed Association (AMSA) to meet and share wisdom.
“It is a national movement for men and young men to assist retirees as a form of security blanket by helping others and working in the community,” Mr McCann said.
“People may be struggling with loss or seeking solace, support and encouragement. Those displaced might find it a way to talk about what they've been through in the floods.”
Mr Heathwood described it as a fellowship and there is even a group in the Lockyer Valley and he was only too pleased to help by donating the shed.
“Andy and the guys said they would continue their services when and where they were needed. It has been a beneficial outcome,” Mr Heathwood said.
The Australian Men's Shed Association is an Australia wide movement.
Visit www.mensshed.org for more information.