Go on, buy a book and help a load of BUMS

THEY might think of themselves as BUMS, but the blokes hope to raise more than $4000 with a book sale starting Friday.

Bright United Men’s Shed members have been busy sorting and pricing 12,000 books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and jigsaw puzzles for the club’s fifth January Book Sale.

It is the main fund-raiser for the men’s shed that helps pay for bills and re-pay a council loan which helped establish the centre.

Publicity officer David Priestley said the 60 members had worked on many projects this year, including constructing and installing swings at a Bright pre-school.

“We also built a viewing platform so the kids can look out over the grounds,” he said.

The men’s shed is not solely for retired men — community groups such as a woodwork group utilise the space once a week.

“It’s not just for the members, it’s a community space,” Mr Priestley said.

President Ron Ford said the men’s shed movement, and the services the sheds provide to men from all walks of life, was growing rapidly.

“Here in Bright the local community rallied about efforts to firstly start, then construct and continue to develop the shed as an integral part of Bright’s life,” he said.

“Having the book sale enables us to plan our year and provide not only for our members but also other community groups to utilise.”

The sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, January 3 to 4, on the lawn at the front of the Uniting Church from 9am to 4pm.

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