Seats of friendship

Euroa Men’s Shed members make seats to promote a friendly culture

PROMOTING UNITY: Euroa Primary School staff, students and community representatives came together for the friendship seat launch including principal Ross Davis, Euroa Men’s Shed president Max Kubeil, Leading Senior Constable Paula Allen (Benalla youth resource officer), Euroa Timber Company and Garden Supplies yardman Philip Peel, Errol Cotton-Stapleton (Men’s Shed), Doug Morgan (Men’s Shed project coordinator), First Constable Dean Arrowsmith, Leading Senior Constable Lucas Paul; (front) Olivia Van Den Berghe, Aurora Smith, Charlie Watson, Robert Smith and Strathbogie Shire council deputy mayor Colleen Furlanetto. PHOTO: Lucy Bowler

FRIENDSHIP seats were unveiled in both Euroa primary schools last week in a move to stamp out bullying and promote unison.

The project was initiated by local policeman Leading Senior Constable Lucas Paul who was inspired to act following the story of a young child who had taken his own life.

“He was only nine or 10 and he had been bullied,” LSC Paul said.

“I was very sad about the whole circumstance.

“I wondered what we could do.”

LSC Paul said he heard about the Alannah and Madeline friendship seats that were part of a metropolitan Melbourne project and wondered if the same could be done in Euroa.

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