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    HAPPY TO SUPPORT: Horsham and District Racing Club president Jason Merlo, second from left, presents $1000 to Horsham Men’s Shed members. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Horsham and District Racing Club chips in for Men’s Shed

Horsham and District Racing Club has provided a $1000 donation to Horsham Men’s Shed as part of a commitment to foster community relationships.

Club manager Charmayne Parry said the club, busy planning for an ‘exciting’ 12 months ahead, was delighted to be able to make the donation.

“Like many organisations, Horsham and District Racing Club suffered for 12 months during the  COVID-19 pandemic, but now things are starting to look brighter with the easing of restrictions and racegoers allowed back trackside,” she said.

“Country racing was fortunate to continue operating during COVID, albeit with very stringent protocols and measures in place, but the Men’s Shed was not so fortunate.”



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Club president Jason Merlo said being shut down for close to 12 months, still having bills to pay, members having no interaction with their peers and being unable to do what they love must have been so difficult.

“We really felt for groups such as Horsham Men’s Shed, and now that restrictions are easing and the men are back at their happy place, we wanted to show our support. Hopefully this makes it a bit easier for them moving forward and to continue doing what they love,” he said.

“With a large share of country race clubs relying on the work of volunteers and not-for-profit organisations, we understand how important groups such as the Men’s Shed are to our community. If this donation can help in some small way, that is terrific.”

Wimmera Primary Care Partnership’s Geoff Witmitz, speaking on behalf of Horsham Men’s Shed, said the donation would help the group meet operational costs.

“The interruption to the Men’s Shed over the past 12 months has impacted their ability to do the small jobs that cover the costs of utilities and insurance and operational expenses,” he said.

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