Latte riders Philip McKenzie (front, left) and Michael Wraight are helping to raise money to get the Lyndoch Men’s Shed started, giving residents Roy Manning (back, left), Jack Ryan, Tom Bennett, staff member Stephen Grigson, Ken Wilson, Basil Cummings, and Bill Goodall a place to call their own. A SOCIAL cycling group is hoping to keep elderly men active by contributing to a new men’s shed.
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The Warrnambool Lattes cyclists plan to convert an old building at Lyndoch Living into a new space for the men to gather.

They are raising money for the project as part of the Murray to Moyne Relay by cycling from Swan Hill to Port Fairy.

“It’s really a group of younger blokes trying to help the older blokes,” cyclist Shane Wilson said.

Twenty-two cyclists will tackle the relay on March 31 and April 1 with the aim of raising $10,000.

Lyndoch Eden Project co-ordinator Steve Grigson initiated the shed idea after noting a growth of men in aged care and the need for such a facility.

“Guys are living longer, as men’s health awareness has grown,” said Mr Grigson.

“Everyone needs purposeful living. We don’t want the men coming to Lyndoch to sit around and stare out the window.”

Mr Wilson said that the shed would give the men the opportunity to have a chat, be social and active, just like the Lattes when they cycled.

“The men will benefit from the shed, getting them to use some of their skills from the past,” he said.

The Warrnambool Lattes have completed the relay for over 10 years. Since forming, the group has raised more than $100,000 for local not-for-profit organisation Vantage, which is now run by Western District Employment Access and no longer needs as much assistance. So the coffee-loving cyclists sought out a new cause to help out.

Lyndoch has tried for four years to secure government funding without success.

“The Lattes have been this missing piece in the puzzle for us,” Mr Grigson said.

The Lattes and Lyndoch are now hoping more people will get involved by donating tools and equipment to help build the shed, or by making a financial donation.

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