Mal Kirk (left) and Mike Bourke deliver wooden goods to students Maggie Coppin and Jazmyn Sinclair, with school representative Erin Lung.
Mal Kirk (left) and Mike Bourke deliver wooden goods to students Maggie Coppin and Jazmyn Sinclair, with school representative Erin Lung. Rob Williams

Pair hope labour of love will lead to men's support group

IPSWICH West Special School has benefited from the hard work and woodworking skills of two local men.

Mike Bourke and Mal Kirk have made numerous items for the students since making contact with the school earlier in the year.

The goods range from tabletops and chairs to scissor-holders and even a sandpit.

School principal Andrew Thompson said the donations were priceless.

"For a school to access this sort of stuff can be quite expensive, for us to make it ourselves is nearly impossible, so to have a couple of guys with the skills and the desire to do it is worth a million dollars," Mr Thompson said.

GIVING BACK: Mike Bourke and Mal Kirk deliver their wooden items to Ipswich West Special School.
GIVING BACK: Mike Bourke and Mal Kirk deliver their wooden items to Ipswich West Special School. Rob Williams

The items take a long time to make but Mike Bourke is happy to put in the hard work.

"It's a labour of love," Mr Bourke said.

Other members of the community who are willing to donate their time and materials will also be appreciated.

The eventual plan for the pair is to establish a men's support group in Laidley to keep making items to help the school.

"There's no men's support group in Laidley," Mr Bourke said.

"We're looking to start a men's support group in Laidley, not just for men, but men who are happy to work for special needs, the two areas that are neglected by government."

To get involved or for more information contact Mr Bourke via email at mike.bourke4@gmail.com



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