HELPING MATES: Callide Valley Men's Shed vice-president Graeme Whelan with president Graham Barnes appreciated the support from Elders branch manager Randall Spann.
HELPING MATES: Callide Valley Men's Shed vice-president Graeme Whelan with president Graham Barnes appreciated the support from Elders branch manager Randall Spann. Glen Porteous

Ute-beaut prize to Shed

THERE are many ways in the community people can help one another and for local Elders branch manager, Randall Spann his cause to make a difference has been the Callide Valley Men's Shed.

The hard work and dedication was recently recognised with Mr Spann being awarded the Elders Give It Award at the annual One Elders national awards night.

Mr Spann was humbled about receiving the award but saw there was a bigger picture about the difference it would make for the men's shed.

"I feel privileged to work for a company that cares about the local community as much as I do. Biloela is my home and the well-being of its people is vital if our community is to continue to thrive and grow well into the future,” Mr Spann said.

The Give It Award was formal recognition for Mr Spann's charity work over the last several years where he and his team have raised a total of $46,000 for the men's shed.

The men's shed president Graham Barnes said the money raised has helped to support a variety of projects.

"It has helped with running costs of the men's shed work ute and we use it for a variety of roles to help members and the community,” Mr Barnes said.

"Also quite simply by having the men's shed it has helped with raising the issue of men's mental and physical health and how we can support it.

"We are very proud of the new ute and very grateful for it and it will go along way to helping out projects we do.”

The men's shed is one of almost 1000 across Australia and is a not-for-profit organisation formed to reduce social isolation and provide men with an opportunity to work on projects and discuss health issues in a pressure free environment.