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PDMSInc visit Westmead Institute for Medical Rearch

On Wednesday 19th April our shed members and partners / friends were invited to s special tour of the WESTMEAD INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH by one our newest and treasured members Dr Thomas TU.

What a great day …. inaugural Director and highly awarded Professor Tony Cunningham gave a presentation on the history the institute and also went in to some riveting detail on the shingles virus and vaccine being worked on at the institute.

We had a tour of some of the facility with presentation and showings of equipment. There are so many highly educated, talented and enthusiastic people in this team.

We learnt a whole bunch of new words (like Flow Cytometry, Genomics, clean labs, wet labs …..) we’ll never remember half of these it’s like a whole new language.

We also saw one of the next generation Cytometry machines (WIMR being one of 5 in the world to have one)… so new no one really knows what it can do, but are rapidly finding amazing uses …. This machine can photograph 50,000 cells for up to 50 different “markers” per second ….. REVOLUTIONARY.

we would love to see you visit our shed and see our technology …. a bit more basic then yours !!!!!

HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE AT WIMR for such a professional and well organised tour ….


Tiles in a Frame

Tiles in a Frame

Our shed were approached by NEXT SENSE asking if we could frame 13 individual tiles that children had created.
Our men set to work immediately and produced the above wall hanging frame, complete with French Cleat on the back to hang the frame.
Our men were so excited to see the finished product and realised that some of the tiles also had Braille on them ……


PDMSInc goes bowling ….

Our mens shed were invited to try some bowling by the local Rosehill Bowling club.

So we did …… and here are some of the pics to show our amazing talent ……..

THANKS for a great day ROSEHILL Bowling Club …….



When floods hit our North Coast of NSW … our members decided to do something tangible to help.

In true Mens Shed style (shoulder to shoulder) our members rallied and collected donations from our members.

At our Board meeting it was decided that the PDMSInc would match the funds raised by members … a unanimous decision ….. and to donate directly to the Lismore City Lions Activity Account

HERE’s what we achieved …..

The flood relief donations are in and, as Treasurer, I now have to delve into the Shed’s savings and match, dollar for dollar, the donations.  Here’s a picture of me tallying the amount to be taken from the Shed’s savings.”

our Treasurer …. being careful

All kidding aside, the total collected from the members was $2,000.  With the Shed’s matching the dollar amount, we will be collectively donating $4,000.

Considering our membership of 60 or so blokes, that’s a wonderful effort.  And the membership ought to feel proud of that achievement.

Well done all PDMSInc shedders ….



Electric Vehicle Tutorial

EV Tutorial

One of members is a technical guru. He gave a brilliant presentation on the ins and outs and reasons for electric vehicles.

You can access the presentation HERE …..

We do this regularly on different topics including computing. smartphones and the like.

Community Service

Our shed has an on going arrangement with FLINTWOOD disability services, to provide articles for their clients to finish with painting / decorations. Above is one of the latest deliveries.

Flintwood were so happy to receive a large range of these for their clients.

It’s all part of our community service involvement, and we can provide these articles for no cost to Flintwood.

The articles are all made from re-purposed timber that the shed gets donated. Several of our members have become very skilled in using our CNC machine to create these products.

DGR APPROVAL from Australian Tax Office

Parramatta District Men’s Shed (PDMSInc), has finally been approved by the Australian Tax Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient!!!!!!!!!!

So what does this mean you may well ask?????

It now provides our shed the authorisation to receive Tax Deductible GIFTS and or contributions. But there are certain rules that have to be observed both on the part of the donor and PDMSInc.

GO HERE to see our official recognition ….. ABN registration and Charitable status.

GO HERE to read details about the rules and conditions that apply to these GIFTS or Contributions.

So happy we could sing and dance!!!!

Special thanks to Ian McHugh

A big “shout out” to our amazing strategic adviser who did all the work behind the scenes