Busker in tune with cancer victims nominated for award
GRAFTON man Roger Green is singing with joy after being nominated as Citizen of the Year.
Known to many throughout the Clarence Valley as a genuine living treasure, Mr Green has spent the past six years travelling across New South Wales and Queensland busking to raise money to assist people affected by cancer.
Mr Green said he was inspired to help cancer sufferers after his beloved wife Dorothea was diagnosed with breast cancer.
With his trusty guitar in hand and a song in his heart, he has raised and donated more than $27,000 to help men, women and children fight this deadly disease.
"I sing to help people in need," Mr Green said.
"Every dollar I raise goes towards helping someone who is battling cancer.
"After my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer and was receiving treatment I saw how cancer affected families and I wanted to raise funds to help them."
Describing himself as a country music singer, Mr Green regularly hits the road to busk at concerts and markets.
He frequently performs at aged care homes across Clarence Valley. Surprised to learn of his nomination, Mr Green said he planned to continue busking during the lead-up to the awards ceremony.
Today he will head to Tamworth to perform at a local show.
"I am looking forward to it. Hopefully I will raise a substantial amount to donate," he said.
All the money Mr Green raises goes towards helping Clarence Valley families. He wished to thank friends for nominating him.
Kathy Smidt, with whom he helps run an over-50s program at the Grafton Salvation Army, said nominating Mr Green was an easy decision to make.
"The effort he puts into making people happy is incredible," she said.