Kingaroy Men's Shed committee members Phil Day, Tom Johnson and Geoff Smallbone accept a computer donation from Mike Andrea on Wednesday March 7, 2018.
Kingaroy Men's Shed committee members Phil Day, Tom Johnson and Geoff Smallbone accept a computer donation from Mike Andrea on Wednesday March 7, 2018. Jessica McGrath

New equipment empowers Men's Shed

NEW computer equipment will empower the Kingaroy Men's shed members to do and learn more.

The Men's Shed accepted a generous donation of a laptop, mouse and external monitor from a member's son this week.

IT services company Oper8 co-owner Mike Andrea said the equipment could not have gone to a better place, as the group is one of the best non-for profits around.

Mr Andrea said his father Bob Andrea often raves about being with his mates at the shed, enjoying the friendships and opportunities to get out of the house.

"When Mum passed away, the Men's Shed became an important part for him to get through her passing," Mr Andrea said.

Committee member Tom Johnson said the whole shed is about giving members mateship and social interactions, as well as the mental health aspect.

The donated computer will give the treasurer and secretary the flexibility to get work done at the office, as well as allowing members to access plans from the internet for future projects, Mr Johnson said.

The Men's Shed plans to run a computer literacy program next month, using new laptops the group attained through a government grant last year.

The community group recently announced seven new committee members and Erik Ford as president.