SANTA'S WORKSHOP: Win Projects managing director Glen Winney and The Waterford Men's Shed volunteer Glenn Parmenter with some of the toys that will be donated to underprivileged children this Christmas.
SANTA'S WORKSHOP: Win Projects managing director Glen Winney and The Waterford Men's Shed volunteer Glenn Parmenter with some of the toys that will be donated to underprivileged children this Christmas. Jodie Callcott

Hervey Bay's generosity pays off for men's shed

THREE months ago, Hervey Bay resident Glenn Parmenter called on the community for donations to equip a men's shed at The Waterford.

The generosity of the community left Mr Parmenter overwhelmed after receiving 74 donations and three power tools that were donated by Win Constructions Queensland managing director Glen Winney.

The donations have meant residents at The Waterford have hand-crafted toys which, Mr Parmenter says, will be given to Fraser Coast families doing it tough.

"There's little trains and they'll be carrying carriages and each train will have a couple of carriages,” he said.

"And little boats have rubber bands on the propeller to put in the bath or water.

"We started in September and we haven't finished them all yet.

"There will be about 120 ready for Christmas.”

SANTA'S WORKSHOP: Win Projects managing director Glen Winney and The Waterford men's shed volunteer Glenn Parmenter with just some of the toys that will be donated to underprivleged children this Christmas.
SANTA'S WORKSHOP: Win Projects managing director Glen Winney and The Waterford men's shed volunteer Glenn Parmenter with just some of the toys that will be donated to underprivleged children this Christmas. Jodie Callcott

He said the whole Waterford community was amazed with the outcome and he wanted to thank everyone who donated.

"We had a lot of ladies whose husbands had died, and they said we could come down to their shed take what we wanted,” Mr Parmenter said.

"I want to say a big thank you especially to Glen, otherwise it wouldn't have happened.

"If we didn't have the band saw, drill press and belt sander the toys wouldn't look square or straight, and we would've only made two or three.”

Builder Glen Winney said he felt compelled to help the not-for-profit group after reading Mr Parmenter's plight in the Indy.

"Glenn and Chris and others were volunteering to this new venture and I saw it (in the Indy) and the hard work he was putting in for it, and I said to him if you need a bit of support I'm happy to help,” Mr Winney said.

"It's incredible to see how many toys they've made so far, it's going to be great for disadvantaged kids this Christmas.

"It's a great credit to Glenn and Chris and the others involved.”



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