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 ….
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 ……
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.”
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.