Lets give Reg a leg-up
This local hero has been helping people all his life, and now it's time to give a little back HE IS a local legend whose quirky artistic skills and fundraising generosity have helped dozens of charities. But now Reg Gregor, 59, has himself fallen on tough times and his friends are banding together to help him. Recently, diabetes claimed one of Reg's legs and he needs a custom made electric wheelchair to make life a little easier. Reg is well known for erecting canvas tents, taking a brush to them, creating a mosaic of paintings, then cutting them up and auctioning them off. Over the years he's raised more than $2 million for charity and his close friend Dot Orchard is on a mission. "I wanted to give him something back for all the charitable work he's done," she said, and is organising a Sportsman's and Testimonial Dinner for him on the July 6, the eve of his 60th birthday. "I worked with Reg at the Lismore Workers Club and one of his mates mentioned the idea of a wheelchair" said Dot, who is aiming to raise the $13,000 required to have one specially made. Reg has spent the past 18 weeks recovering in Ballina Hospital. His reaction to news of the fundraising dinner was a typical, "Oh no, there are other people worse off than me." He needs yet another operation in Lismore the Monday before his birthday. His tent paintings were mainly landscapes but recently they reflected more of his feelings. When they're cut up, the pieces sell from anywhere between $10 and $200. "He's the greatest guy and has the greatest sense of humour," said Dot. When she visited him in hospital he showed her his stump leg and said, "I need you to think about something, I need a name for it." Some of his paintings are hanging in Lismore Workers Club and a few will be going under the hammer at the dinner. League legends Artie Beetson and Tommy Raudonikis will be guest speakers on the night. As for continuing his tent painting and fundraising after what he's been through? "I didn't paint with my leg in the first place," he said.