Richard Allen back on the job
WHEN Richard Allen broke his neck playing rugby union for Bangalow three years ago, few would have thought he’d return to work as a landscape gardener.
However, the plucky former winger has done exactly that.
Despite being wheelchair bound due to the injuries he sustained – he is now a quadriplegic – Mr Allen is once again ‘on site’ around the region.
“Richie can still do the hard yakka, but in a slightly modified way,” long-time client and rugby mate Greg Cromwell said.
“Before his accident Richie’s work day was a combination of managing and directing people, as well as getting stuck into the hard labour.
“Now he is adjusting to directing projects from the confines of his wheelchair.
“It’s a true credit to Richie’s willpower and positive attitude to watch him at work now.
“One of the biggest challenges Richie faces now seems to be managing all the opportunities coming his way.”
Mr Allen’s plight galvanised the Bangalow community in 2007.
The winger was injured in an awkward tackle in the first game of the Far North Coast Rugby Union season.
He then spent 10 months in hospital in Brisbane, during which his family and friends rallied and established a fighting fund to help the Allens financially.
Some of the money raised contributed toa purpose-built housein Bangalow that the Allens moved into late last year.