Love finds Leschenault Men’s Shed recovering from break-in

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Leschenault Men’s Shed member Peter Fairall said it was nice for love to find the shed after tragedy struck.Picture: Ailish Delaney
Camera IconLeschenault Men’s Shed member Peter Fairall said it was nice for love to find the shed after tragedy struck.Picture: Ailish Delaney Credit: Ailish Delaney / South Western Times

Love is in the air at the Leschenault Men’s Shed, after members put their tools to good use to bring a local member’s wedding dreams to life.

The not-for-profit group provides its almost 100 members with a place to socialise in a supportive environment and has bounced back after it was targeted in an act of “opportunistic vandalism” last month.

The burglary saw the shed — which offers a safe space to boost men’s mental health — hit by thieves on the WA Day long weekend when they stole a computer, mobile phone and drinks and attempted to steal the safe.

In an odd twist, a bag of sugar was thrown across the workshop and against a wall.

Treasurer Frank Costello said police managed to retrieve the phone, which had been wrecked, but were unable to find the computer.

“It was just a case of opportunistic vandalism, which is a shame, but we’re lucky we hadn’t been hit before,” he said.

Mr Costello said the community had rallied around the shed after hearing the news and offered donations to replace what was lost, with Coles contributing a $200 gift card and a trolley of soft drinks.

Members are back on the tools and completing a range of projects, including helping to make one woman’s wedding a day to remember by creating an LED love sign to brighten the big event.

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