JR?s stamp of approval
By JULIA ILES
NEWLY-CROWNED Clarence Valley Citizen of the Year Jon Riordan's motivation for helping fundraise for disabled children is simple.
He loves it.
'JR', as he is known, received the award at the Ulmarra Masonic Hall yesterday for his tireless efforts in raising money for children with special needs, primarily through the Variety Club.
But even as he accepted the award from visiting Clarence Valley ambassador, the University of Sydney lecturer Jennie Brand-Miller, he urged others in the community to get involved in fundraising events.
"My name is in the phonebook and it would be great; if anyone wanted to help out, if there are any special children who are disabled, deaf, it doesn't matter, if there is something to help, I'll do it," Mr Riordan said.
"Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to win this award, I am just speechless."
Over the years Mr Riordan has raised thousands of dollars to assist in the wellbeing and education of disabled children.
Through the Variety Bash he has raised $20,000 and $18,000 in one night at a fundraising event.
Recently he purchased a portable DVD for a Yamba girl suffering from spinal and brain tumours.
He also has raised money for a computer software program for the Yamba Public School to further the education of children with special needs.
As part of the award ceremony Mr Riordan was presented with a picture frame with actual postal stamps with his face on it.
"Well I never expected to be on a stamp, but it's really not a picture," he said. "I feel really lucky and this is certainly a moment I will never forget."