Local Hero rather be ‘under radar’
NOEL Welldon, who saw someone in need and quietly set about getting the job done, was presented with the Clarence Valley Council Local Hero Award at the Grafton Community Centre on Friday night.
"Noel works full time, is married with two kids and still finds time to help all these people - work he does mostly under the radar," Cr Sue Hughes said.
"He just identifies a need in the community and quietly sets about getting the job done."
Mr Welldon heard about the plight of Leanne Pilbeam from his wife, Libby, who both play hockey with the Village Green Angels.
As the Daily Examiner reported on November 14, 2012: "Ms Pilbeam is a single mother of four children and lives in a two-storey home in Grafton which has been without a main bathroom for about two years. The family showers in a secondary downstairs bathroom."
In October 2012 Ms Pilbeam underwent surgery on a brain aneurism and faced a difficult path to recovery.
Hearing of her plight Mr Welldon stepped in and decided to work with the community to replace the upstairs bathroom in Ms Pilbeam's home.
He set about rallying support and organised a huge list of local businesses, all of whom contributed to the $20,000 renovation which got the upstairs bathroom in the Pilbeam home back in working order.
"I'd do the whole thing again tomorrow if I had to," Mr Welldon said.
"I would have preferred to just fly under the radar.
"The Clarence Valley is a great place and when we see someone in need we dig deep and help them out."
In a very humble gesture Mr Welldon asked that we thank the list of local businesses who contributed towards the renovations.
These included Reece Plumbing Grafton, Grafton Tiles, PC Plumbing, Thompson Tiling, McGrath Electrical, Ace Glaze and Glass, Clarence Valley Sheds, Tony Muller Formwork, Andrew Cumberlain, Gillespie Plumbing.
"As well as the countless others who helped out," Mr Welldon said.
He also asked to thank his wife Libby and sons Blake and Morgan who he said have supported him 100% throughout the whole process.
"It was amazing seeing what we had on the day we started transform into the finished product," Mr Welldon said.