Not horsing around

December 27, 2017

Early Christmas present: Hannah Kelly stands proudly alongside grandmother Annette Faulkner with her 80-year-old hand-carved horse she won in a raffle organised by the Men's Shed and Cobram Youth Op Shop.

It is not always the case in life that good things happen to good people, so it was fitting that Cobram’s Annette Faulkner could give granddaughter Hannah Kelly an early Christmas present.

Hannah, 14, was the lucky winner of an 80-year-old hand-carved rocking horse after her grandmother bought her a ticket in the joint raffle between Cobram Men’s Shed and Cobram Youth Op Shop.

Mrs Faulkner works at the op shop every Friday, generously donating her time for a worthwhile community cause.

In a humorous twist to the story, she said she bought a heap of tickets for herself but put them under her granddaughter’s name because she thought it would look suspicious if she won.

Hannah said she had no idea her grandmother had put her name on so many tickets and even felt guilty that she had spent money on her.

The story of the horse and its travels is an interesting one. It was initially given to a young child as a present but was lost for many years after the boy threw it under his house.

Many years later it was discovered and donated to Cobram Men’s Shed by a Barooga man. Shed members were then tasked with restoring it to its original condition, which took almost 150 hours, according to president Rob Butler.

In a fantastic result for the Cobram community, the raffle raised $994 each for the men’s shed and the youth op shop after they agreed to split the money raised. The funds will be put directly back into community initiatives.

The youth op shop provides youth grants and youth scholarships, while all profits made from items sold in the shop go directly back into the community.

Cobram’s men’s shed was set up 10 years ago to assist men suffering from social isolation and give them a place of respite from the challenges in their lives.

Men’s sheds play a particularly integral role in country towns, where suicide is a prevalent issue, especially among males.

Cobram Men’s Shed secretary Terry Langton said many of the men the shed looked after would be lost without it.

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