Shed team refurbishes PCs

From Left: Graeme Lewis, Merv Britton. Wanneroo Men's Shed reuse, recycle and refurbish old computers to give to pensioners, the unemployed, etc.
From Left: Graeme Lewis, Merv Britton. Wanneroo Men's Shed reuse, recycle and refurbish old computers to give to pensioners, the unemployed, etc.

Since its inception in early 2010, the Girrawheen-based group has put more than 1000 computers back into the community.

Now the call has gone out for more recipients to come forward ” pensioners, the unemployed, disabled, low-income earners and new migrants.

‘For as little as $80, they can own a complete computer, including flat screen monitor, keyboard, mouse and power cables,’ chairman Graeme Lewis said.

‘We are a charitable, not-for-profit volunteer organisation where the men turn up two days a week, filling that time by cleaning, checking and refurbishing computers.

‘The group also dismantles computers and other e-waste unsuitable for refurbishing, an exceedingly community friendly and environmentally sound operation.

‘We estimate that less than 2 per cent of the dismantled computers and e-waste ends up in landfill, with 98 per cent going to recyclers.

‘Because of our success in distributing refurbished computers, we are always looking for companies to donate surplus computers to continue this worthwhile venture.

‘Donations of unwanted tools and equipment are also welcome.’

Shedders, who meet at the old Daisy House in Wade Court on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9am-2pm, also use a woodworking area and socialise over a cuppa.

The Wanneroo shed is among more than 700 such groups in Australia, offering men a chance to socialise and productively use a lifetime’s skills.

For details, see wcmenshed.org or call 0499 243 171.