Not all heroes wear capes … some wear steel-capped boots, and carry tool kits.
Tradies are dependable not only for fixing your toilet or TV. Whether it’s building beds for kids who don’t have them or buying breakfast for the elderly, here are some heartwarming stories of what tradies get up to while on and off the job, that go far beyond the call of duty. Who knows, maybe your electrician is a superhero, living a double life?
When the windows of 15 cars were smashed in the Gold Coast suburb of Ormeau, leaving a trail of destruction and big repair bills, local auto technicians Derek and Michael jumped into action, offering free fixes. Seeing the damage on a community Facebook page, Michael Hockley of Roadworthy Solutions and Derek Nowland of First Choice Auto Repairs dug deep without a second thought. “The last thing you want to do is get up in the morning and find a broken window when you’ve got to try to go to work,” Hockley said. “I knew I could do something to help.”
“If we don’t support local, we won’t be here tomorrow,” — Derek Nowland
While grabbing a coffee at McDonald’s in August 2018, Bendigo tradie David Love observed an elderly customer fumbling with change for breakfast. Without hesitation, Love — a tiler and panel beater — paid for the meal and gave the 88 year old a $20 note. The quick interaction was sneakily recorded by Love’s fiancee, who shared it on Facebook to the tune of millions of views. “I don’t want to be a hero”, he said. “I’d love to see a change out of all of this.”
When getting a quote to open up her house into the backyard with a sliding door, Pamela Addamo from the Blue Mountains region didn’t know what would happen next. After mentioning that the renovation was to allow her daughter, who has rheumatoid arthritis, to join in family barbecues, tradie Gary Cartner sent the quote, with a surprise — “I was reading through the quote and there were all these things I hadn’t asked for and I was starting to get frustrated,” Addano said. “But then I saw the bottom: ‘the total cost is $0’. My husband and I don’t take charity lightly but it was such a lovely thing to do. It makes me very emotional.”
“It’s all about community, I’m a big believer of what goes around comes around – if you do something good for someone else, it will come back to you, perhaps in an unexpected way.” — Gary Cartner
Not necessarily an Aussie tradey, but a close neighbour — an Auckland electrician had more than a few offers for dates in 2017, when while grocery shopping he was behind an elderly lady having trouble with her card. Aarron Nichols, without hesitation, paid for her groceries. A fellow shopper snapped a photo of the event and posted it on a Facebook group, saying “You made her day! And if you are single, I'd like to buy you are beer (better than the lion red you brought maybe?)”, quickly joined by similar sentiments in the comments … including by Nichols’s wife Stacey. "Sorry ladies he's taken. This man is my wonderful husband! Don't worry I know how lucky I am," she wrote. “I was just wanting to help her out. I didn't really think of it as a big deal,” he said. "It's so nice that someone wanted to acknowledge what I did but hopefully it just sends a message to others to pay it forward and a small gesture can go a long way."
When Dubbo tradie Steve Townsend bought a couple of hundred dollars of raffle tickets in 2018, he was just doing it for a good cause — raising awareness of mental health issues in rural areas. But in January, he got an unexpected call, informing him he had won the Australian Horizons Foundation ‘MADSAM’ raffle. The prize? A 1971 Ford Capri, valued at $120,000. Having decided to hold onto the car for a while and work out what to do with it, he says“ I just entered because all the money was coming back into regional areas for mental health ... for farmers doing it tough.”
“It didn’t bother me what the tickets were worth.” — Steve Townsend