JR?s a real people person
By ADRIAN MILLER
HE DONATES most of his time and effort to the Variety Club, volunteers at Meals on Wheels, counsels Vietnam veterans and helps disadvantaged and disabled children any way he can.
And now Yamba resident John Riordan, known to everyone as JR, has been recognised for his tireless efforts throughout the community by being named as a finalist in the NRMA Motoring and Services Helping People Awards.
The awards are a state-wide competition which recognise unsung heroes in the community and honour residents who encourage a more caring community.
Yamba resident Judy King, who nominated Mr Riordan for the award, said he fit that description perfectly.
"As soon as you think of someone who is involved in helping the community, JR's name springs to mind because he's that kind of person," she said.
Mrs King said Mr Riordan did so much work for others it was time he was honoured.
"I know how much work he's done in the community and I think it's time someone honoured him," she said.
"If he sees a child that needs something JR will find a way of getting funds to that child to fix their needs up ? he's a very special person."
Mr Riordan said he was completely surprised and privileged to be nominated.
"I'm elated to say the least, it's the compliment of all compliments," he said.
"It came as a complete and utter surprise.
"I don't do anything expecting anything like this; I do it because I enjoy helping children."
The competition winner will be announced in Octo- ber, with first placegetter receiving an eight-day trip to Turkey worth $10,000, a $10,000 donation to their charity of choice and a three-year membership subscription to NRMA Premium Care.
Mr Riordan said the prize would be fantastic.
"I've never been to Turkey and the $10,000 that I could give to the Variety Club would be wonderful," he said.