Neil Helps Out At The Shack

The Shack was launched in 2015 and the project is similar to a men’s shed, instead it’s for disadvantaged youth. One of our tenants, Neil Keating has been with Southern Cross for 15 years. He volunteers once a week out at The Shack in Terara.

Neil says The Shack has been a godsend.

“I lost my wife earlier in the year and was looking for something to do. I went to Community Housing and asked if there was anything I could do to help and they told me about The Shack at Terara. I now spend one day a week out there. It’s been fantastic. I think I get as much out of it as the young people do. I’ve made some great friends, in fact good mates.”

At 83, the former RAN gunner who served in Japan and Korea and warehouse supervisor with James Hardie, said it’s nice to impart some of his knowledge.

“We just get in and give the kids a hand with whatever they are doing. We try and pass on some of the things we have learnt during our lives. This experience has been fantastic.”

If you would like to help out at The Shack like Neil, please contact us on 4421 5145.