The Members of the Coffs Harbour Community Men's Shed want to acknowledge every donation we receive.

The list below is by no means complete, but highlights the generosity of all persons and businesses, large and small.

While we actively seek Grants and Donations, many, many good people and businesses, both local and national, 
contribute generously to the Men's Shed as a Charity in the knowledge that they are helping us fulfill our goals and ambitions.

(As of October 15th 2020)

Donation from Park Beach Bowling Club


On Thursday 27th August Park Beach Bowling Club visited the Shed, and generously donated $2,500 to the Coffs Harbour Men's Shed. Emma Foster, Functions Co-ordinator at PBBC, sent this pic with a thank you note, expressing her gratitude for showing their representatives "where the magic happens". We are very grateful for these donations which carry the shed forward in many ways.

Another generous donation

Photo taken at last years Official opening

Two of our greatest benefactors, Nan and Les Cowling have donated Another $5,000 on July 9th this year. This generous couple have consistently donated large sums to the shed over the years, as they believe we are one of the worthiest causes in the district.

Thank you from all the shedders.

6th November 2019

Presentation to the Coffs Harbour Men's Shed

L to R: Paul McAra, Ken Ryan and Warren Skinner

Warren Skinner (Skinner Motors/Coffs Toyota/Pier Hotel), Paul McAra (President), Lyn Whalen (Secretary) and Peter Richardson (Treasurer) of Coffs Harbour Rotary Club run a Calcutta sweep on the Coffs Harbour Cup each year and this year was the biggest Calcutta to date. A percentage is retained and distributed to Not-For-Profit organisations in the Coffs Harbour area. The contribution this year from both these organisations has been huge and $15,000 has been donated to the Coffs Harbour Community Men’s Shed and our appreciation and thanks to these guys goes beyond words.

The money received will be put to good use in the shed with 2 major projects we are planning to complete to make the shed safer and more accessible to our membership.

 Project 1 is a centralised dust extractor connected to all our machines designed to reduce the dust in the shed to a minimum, and facilitating easy dust and chip collection.

 Project 2 is upgrading the Mezzanine storage area, enabling us to apply for a change of use from storage to public access type rooms.

Both very expensive undertakings that will better the environment in the shed, making it healthier and a pleasure to make use of our facilities.

The Calcutta Presentation was attended by 17 members of the shed along with a number Rotary Members with Warren and Paul making the presentation to Ken Ryan our current President.

July 26th 2019

Presentation to the Coffs Harbour Men's Shed

This presentation was made on Friday 26th by McGrath Real Estate as part of their "Community Give Back" program. There were 4 other organisations who benefitted each receiving $500.

July 3rd 2019

Photo of presentation of $4,000 to our shed by the Park Beach Bowling Club. 

CEO Thane Duncan and Chairperson Bev White made the presentation. The donation was made after a grant application to obtain funding to provide floor covering to the mezzanine.

June 25th 2019

Presentation of $500 by Louise Mengel,  Manager of the Commonwealth Bank, Park Beach Plaza.

 The manager of the Commonwealth Bank Branch at the Plaza called me today and explained that CBA branches throughout Australia have been asked to donate $500 to a local community based organisation. The staff at the Plaza Branch selected the Coffs Harbour Men’s Shed as the recipient of the $500 donation in recognition of our contribution to the community. On Tuesday 25th June, the Manager, Louise Mengel, joined us for Smoko and made the presentation. Louise asked me what the donation would be used for and I suggested that it would go part of the way to provide floor coverings in the mezzanine.

Ken Ryan, President.

A grateful crew of shedders thanks Louise for the donation.

June 2019

The Coffs Harbour Pacific City Lioness Club has donated a cheque for $500

Many thanks from the Shedders...

December 2018

Bananacoast Credit Union donates some office furniture for our new rooms. 

Much appreciated and good timing.

October 2018

The Coffs Harbour Uniting Church has generously donated $270 to our shed.

November 2018

McGraths Real Estate in Sawtell generously donated $500 to the Shed.

President Ken Ryan and Shed Manager Dave Churchyard gratefully accept the cheque from Rebecca Harrington, Sales Agent at McGrath Estate Agents.

November 2018

Shedder Peter Jackson has generously donated $500 to the shed, towards the "Smoke House" - that is of course our new barbeque facility.
The $500 is going towards a Carport/Gazebo which is currently being delivered.

Grant success from Luke Hartsuyker
18th October 2017


 I write to advise you that the Coffs Harbour Community Men’s Shed has been successful in their application for funding under the National Shed Development Program. 

The grant of $2,500 will allow the Shed to buy a suite of specialised metalworking equipment including a mill drill, stand, clamp kit, collet set, 10 piece end mill set, freight, MIG package, welding trolley, helmet, torch holder, and a dust collector. This equipment will enable the Shed to expand their activities and produce better quality projects for the local community. I know that the Shed, which has nearly 100 members, is well regarded in the Coffs Harbour community, including through its community partnerships with Waratah Respite Services, Accommodation Network, Coffs Support Services, Northcott Disabilities Services and Centrelink. 

This grant is a testament to you and your hardworking team of volunteers who do a great job in providing a place where men can connect with each other. Please pass on my congratulations to all those involved on this excellent outcome. 
Kind regards
The Nationals Federal Member for Cowper
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister
39 Little Street, Coffs Harbour
Ph. (02) 6652 6233

 Another Generous Donation
 October 2017

Out of the blue, Nan Cowling rolled up to the shed with a $3000 cheque to help us along. 

Nan has thus donated in total $20,000.00 to the Coff's Harbour Men's Shed.

Given her resources, this generosity is unsurpassed and we should feel very humble and remain very very grateful.
Nan has been a great supporter for many years now, and will have the honour of having one of the new all-purpose rooms named after her.

Thank you Nan from all of us.

Coffs Harbour Community Capital Infrastructure Grants
8th August 2017

Committee members of the shed attended the Coffs Harbour City Council Capital InfrastructureGrants Program 2017-2018 Presentation today.   The Men's Shed is one of many Community Groups to get help from the Council to help with building projects like our mezzanine floor. The Coffs Harbour Men's Shed is very grateful for all the help we receive from the Coffs Council, both in funding and planning.

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The Ron Braun Fundraising Barbeque
30th June 2017

Member Ron Braun put together a barbeque to raise funds for the Shed. A couple dozen members were served a delicious hamburger for the 1982 price of $2 each. The food was organised and supplied by Shedder Ron Braun to help raise some funds for the shed, and to engender some conversation between members, as we have all worked hard to move into the new shed. The location off Howard Street provides a great quiet 'out of the way' spot to socialise and spend a Friday lunch with mates.

Thanks Ron...

Paul and Helen Parramore
June 2017

Paul and Helen Parramore of Sawtell willingly contributed the purchase price of $330 towards a new electronic stove top and vent which was recently installed into our new kitchen. 

Paul and Helen are private contributors and are not associated with any company or charity. 

They have donated this money out of the goodness of their hearts and are truly community minded people.

Thank you very much...

AEG and Bunning’s Tool Donation
June 2017

AEG/Bunning’s Tool Donation
Tim Richardson rep for AEG Brand tools
Bunning’s Team Tahini
Donating AEG, Hart and Empire Brand tools

Robert met Tim at a bunning’s demonstration a while ago and asked him if AEG brand would be up for a donation to the Coffs Men’s Shed. A while later Tim came in to the shed to inquire about joining, as he is interested in working with wood, and remembering him from our meetings at Bunning’s I got chatting to him again about a donation, which he went back to his area managers and marketing team, who after some persuasion agreed to a one off donation equivalent to $1000 net cost.
Tim then approached Bunning’s to match the donation from AEG, Tahini (Community Event Co-Ordinator and the manager) agreed to donate $1000 of tools of our choice from the AEG brands of Hart and Empire and AEG.These tools were selected by Robert. David and Rob graciously accepted this donation and thanked the guys profusely for their generosity.
Value of AEG Donation $1000 net cost (over $2000 retail) 
Bunning’s Value $1000 Retail

New Defribulater Grant
3rd May 2017 

Luke Hartsuyker dropped by the new Men's Shed on Wednesday afternoon to view the new location and catch up with the working party.
Our treasurer John was on hand to receive a generous grant of $2,500 which will be used to purchase a Defribulator and a decent Frist Aid Kit. 

Luke was very impressed with both the location and size on the new shed, and spent 40 minutes talking to all the members.

It was suggested we could build a new Cabinet if required...

$3,500 Donation of Floor Tiles
26th May 2017

Floor tiles for the Office and Wet Areas 

- Laid by Wayne, assisted by Tony & Doug 

- Tiles Donated by Carpet Court (Simon McCreadie)

Value of tiles and Labour approx. $3500

Tony Goninan asked his mate Wayne to come lay some vinyl we had at the shed stored for god know how many years. 

Wrinkled and wavy, Wayne advised not to lay it, it would only be a trip hazard, he would go talk to his mates at CARPET COURT, 

namely Simon McCreadie, who generously donated enough wood vinyl tiles to cover the office and toilet area. 

Which looks terrific down and gets us another step closer to being in the new shed.

Cex Car Club Donation
April 2017


Presentation by Tony Goninan to Bill Denham and the
Cex Car Club. Mon. April 3rd, 2017.

On behalf of the Coffs Mens Shed, Wayne Crivell and Tony Goninan constucted and finished a solid rosewood jewel box as a donation to one of our ongoing sponsors, the Cex Car Club, for their efforts in raising a large amount of money for donation of equipment desperately needed at the oncology department of our local hospital. The jewel box was presented on Mon. April 3rd and was gratefully accepted by the club.

A plaque depicting the contribution of the Mens Shed will be attached to one of the stands donated. Extreme thanks from the car club has been passed on to the Mens Shed through Tony, for their community contribution.

Collectors Club Donation
12th March 2017

A pleasant afternoon at the CWA in Coffs Harbour. 
The Collectors Club annually donates its profits to local charities who must fund themselves.
Thanks Collectors! The Mens Shed has been donated $250 and are most appreciative!

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Beaumont Tiles Donation
February 2017

Thanks to Beaumont Tiles for their donation of tiles for the kitchen and wet areas of the new shed.

Also to Boral for their donation of Villaboard and Gyprock.

Rotary Club Donation
1st February 2017

Warren Skinner from Toyota presenting a cheque for $17,600 from the Pier Hotel and Rotary for the Men's Shed building fund.

Collector's Club Presentation
March 2016

This afternoon the Collector's Club presented the Coffs Harbour Men's Shed President, Alan with a cheque for $1000.

Bookfest Stall
11th to 18th April 2015

Bookfest Stall selling Raffle tickets and selected goods made at Coffs Men's Shed.

Hand Up from Tafe Students

Robert & Tony with Mark from TAFE Students Union drawing the TAFE Boat raffle.

The Members of the shed thank the guys at Glenreagh St TAFE for their awsome ongoing support. 

The Raffle raised $587.00, another great donation to our much needed New Shed Building Fund.

Coffs Lioness Club

The members of the Coffs Harbour Lioness Club visited our shed and we all enjoyed a delicious morning tea.

Our members took the opportunity to give the Lionesses a tour of our shed. 

We wish to thank the Coffs Harbour Lioness Club with their $500 donation which will go towards our building fund.

ETC Grant

The Coffs Harbour Community Men's Shed has a new woodworking machine thanks
to a successful grant of $4370 from ETC:


ETC Website

Shed manager Robert Houston said the money was used to purchase a thicknesser. 

ETC director Simon Reid said it was a pleasure to support the Coffs Harbour Community Men's Shed. 

Note: The ETC Community Support Fund is designed to help organisations improve the social and economic development of local communities.

Club Grant Award

The Coffs Harbour Community Men's Shed members Tony and Robert recently attended a Club Grants presentation night at the Coffs Harbour City Chambers.

The photo shows Tony receiving a much needed cheque from John Rafferty - C.ex Club.

On behalf of the shed we wish to thank the C.ex Club for their grant which will allow us to purchase equipment for our shed.

Last year NSW Club Grants, registered clubs such as the C.ex Club allocated more than $92 million to deserving causes through the Club GRANTS program.