THIS weekend's official opening ceremony will be the culmination of a long and sometimes hard road for the Laurieton Men's Shed.
It took years of planning before approval was finally granted for the construction of a Men's Shed on land on Diamond Head Road.
Finding the funds to make the dream a reality was also a challenge, despite having significant local community support, an enthusiastic team of fundraising volunteers and completing a myriad of grant applications.
The project is a credit to all those involved.
"It's been a work in progress since 2006, so it's very exciting for this to finally happen, and it's very good for the community," said Robert Rule.
Robert was the founding president and key financial contributor to the building of the shed.
"It has been a wish of myself and my late wife Adele for the community to enjoy this facility," Robert concluded.
Saturday's Grand Opening celebrations will allow everyone involved in the Laurieton Men's Shed to stop and reflect on what has been achieved.
"A huge thank you must go to everyone who was involved, from the members who have put in nearly 4,000 hours volunteering in the building, to the many tradesmen and suppliers throughout the district who worked with the men from the shed to save thousands of dollars in construction costs," said committee president, Rob Ritchie.
"Without all of that input from so many the shed would not be in the position which they are."
The gates will open for the Grand Opening at 10am, and the official opening ceremony will take place at 10.30am.
Visitors will be escorted around the site by members, who will also be available to talk about the various projects they are working on.
The Men's Shed barbeque will also be in full swing for lunch, with morning teas, drinks and other refreshments available for purchase.
If you are interested in seeing what Laurieton Men's Shed is all about, viewing the exceptional facilities and experiencing the friendly and vibrant atmosphere, come along to the Grand Opening on Saturday August 22 from 10am to 2pm.