Men’s sheds benefit at AHA meeting in Narooma

The local Far South Coast sub-branch of the Australian Hotels Association met at O’Briens Hotel in Narooma last week.

Donations were given to eight men's shed’s spread across the Far South Coast sub-branch area, each receiving $500.

The $4000 donation was raised by the sub-branch members, who donated part of the money from their lunches each meeting and give it to charity at the end of the year.

Sub-branch president Paul O’Brien, from O’Brien’s Hotel in Narooma, said it was a great for hoteliers to give something back to the community.

“We chose the men’s sheds because they are spread across the area, each of our publicans has one in town, and they really struggle to get donations,” Mr O’Brien said.

“They look after single fellas, and older fellas and they are a great service for a lot of our patrons. We are glad to give a little back to help this valuable service continue.”

O’Brien said the Far South Coast AHA sub branch was strong, and 55 publicans and industry associates came to the luncheon and meeting and he said it was great to see AHA NSW CEO John Whelan also come to the meeting.

“It was great to be in Narooma recently to see first-hand the great work of the local AHA NSW sub-branch,” AHA NSW CEO John Whelan said.

“The generosity of local hoteliers, ably led by local AHA NSW delegate David Creary and local sub-branch president Paul O’Brien, is yet another example of how hotels really are at the heart of local communities, particularly in regional areas.

“The local men’s shed groups are fantastic organisations and it’s great to see them getting this support from local publicans.”

The sub-branch’s biggest fundraiser is the Narooma Flathead Challenge in February each year. Last year it raised $40,000 for the Starlight Foundation.