HELPING others learn the game of bridge has helped a local resident form lasting friendships and keep his brain in top form. Ted Gillan has been teaching bridge at Mundaring Sharing for many years, with these players feeding into the Glen Forrest Bridge Club. “When I retired I wanted something to do so I went to Mundaring Sharing and learnt the game,” he said. “I then started helping a bit with teaching and when the Glen Forrest Sports Club completed an addition to their building, about 30 people moved down there. “We’ve been there for 20 years now and play on Monday nights and Wednesday afternoons.” Describing himself as the secretary, treasurer and general organiser of the social bridge club, Mr Gillan said people came from far and wide to play. “Bridge is very good for the brain because it requires a lot of concentration,” he said. “It’s a great way for people to meet others and a lot of lasting friendships have been formed. “For those who live on their own it is very important to feel connected.” Mr Gillan was nominated at the recent Thank a Volunteer Day awards which recognise the efforts of volunteers in the Shire of Mundaring. There are 5806 volunteers in the Shire, with the economic value of these helpers estimated at $27.6 million per annum.