On your marks get set go-kart! Men’s Shed members who built two go-karts for an Out of School Hours Care program were happy to compete in a race-off challenge with the children.
The Canning Men’s Shed were invited to One Tree’s new c-Verse program in Brentwood to demonstrate DIY. The children then came up with an idea to build two go-karts using various tools such as a circular saw, hammers and drills.
The go-karts were made from scraps of decking timber and were painted by the children. As they were being constructed, children learned about the purpose of each tool and the importance of safety.
Safety is one of the top priorities for One Tree, which has its own colourful mascot called S.A.M (Safety Always Matters).
The founder and vice-president Eddie Holmes, who’s 92, and the oldest men’s Shed volunteer in WA took part in a race off with the children, who were keen to display their karting skills.
The c-Verse (a shortening of Children’s Universe) program is an innovative, newly launched outside of school hours care program. Children can try out different activities by stepping into different worlds such as Chef’s World and Active World. The program is popular with children as they collect cards and awards for their achievements.
One Tree Community Services is a Belmont based, not-for-profit organisation behind c-Verse.
The go-kart creations were part of STEM World and Creative World.
Men’s Sheds give male members of the community an opportunity to share information, learn skills from others and work on community projects. It’s also a place sit and talk to each other. Research shows that social interaction can improve your mental health and your mood.