Posted on 10/02/2013 05:08 PM
Warrick Proudlove has, over the last twenty months, become a household name but tragically for the wrong reason. Warrick was seriously injured in a horrific car accident on 15th July 2011 when the car he was travelling in as a passenger collided with a horse and then a tree on Albany Highway 10kms outside of Mount Barker.
Since Warrick’s accident, his parents Trish and Kevin Proudlove have been overwhelmed with the level of support from Warrick’s friends, the Claremont Football Club community, of which Warrick was a talented member who showed great promise and readiness for the AFL rookie list, and his hometown community of Albany. A dedicated group of friends and professionals from all walks of life who have a connection with Warrick and his family in one way or another, banded together to form The Proudies Foundation Inc and have welcomed strong support from thousands of willing donors who are eager to help Warrick and his family in their fight for his recovery.
Donations have come in many forms of generosity from many different people and the latest gift from a group of generous workers has once again left Trish and Kevin speechless. "Thank you just doesn’t seem to cut it" said Kevin Proudlove of their special donation of time, effort and commitment towards helping Trish and Kevin modify their newly purchased family home in Landsdale, where they hope to bring Warrick home to in the future.
It all began when Kevin and Trish needed some advice and called on Warrick’s past employer, Steven Murphy, of Steven Murphy Electrical in Jolimont, where Warrick had completed seven months of his electrical apprenticeship before the night of his accident.
Trish and Kevin were looking at installing some new air conditioners in the house in order to keep Warrick comfortable on his home visits. So they called in Steve to give them advice on what system would be suitable. Immediately after his visit, Steve swung into gear and organised a band of 18 eager volunteers who collectively supplied, installed and wired six air conditioners, 28 LED down lights and twenty one solar panels in an incredible 7 hours!
Steven Murphy took a request to David Sydenham of Metaflux, (suppliers of Mitsubishi Commercial products) to source and supply 5 new air conditioning units. David generously supplied the units at a heavily discounted price. In addition, to help redistribute the power load, David also donated LED down lights, and 28 in total were installed throughout the house.
But the generosity didn’t just stop there. Another phone call from Steve, and Bryn De Jonghe from Quality Air Solutions came on board to install the air conditioners, with the help of his colleagues Chris Matthews and Ben Stone. Of course the air conditioners also needed to be wired by qualified electricians; no problem as Steven Murphy and eleven of his employees along with Josh Slobe of Sonic Electrical came together to fit the new units and relocate an existing one.
During the process, Kevin realised the generous savings he and Trish made from the discounted units meant they were now able to look at purchasing some solar energy to offset the power costs to run the units. Once again, suppliers were incredibly eager to help out and Darren Bender from Scholz Group, Malaga, supplied 20 new solar panels again at a discounted price. These were then fitted, free of charge, by Sam Alliston and Chris Webb of Camtec Solar.
On the 2nd of February at 7:00am, you would be forgiven for mistaking Rockdale Pass in Landsdale as the location for a "Home Improvements" TV series shoot as a convoy of tradesmen’s vehicles gathered and dispersed eighteen willing and able gentleman of generous and moral stature! They immediately set about their coordinated team work. By 10am they were grateful for the morning ‘smoko’ supplied by Steve’s office girls Cathy Guy and Cindy Jones, and tradesman Tyson Hathway's girlfriend Emma Anderson, who arrived bearing a huge platter of home-made sushi rolls. Trish gratefully quenched their thirst in the 39 degree heat with supplies of water, cold beer and Gatorade.
Trish and Kevin were left astounded and humbled when, after no more than seven hours, their house was now fully equipped with brand new air conditioning units, LED lights and solar panels for no more than their original quote for air conditioners alone.
Kevin and Trish can never get accustomed to the overwhelming support from the public in the fight for Warrick’s recovery, which has been, and will continue to be, a difficult time for the family, least of all Warrick, who remains in a vegetative state but continues to show small but inconsistent improvements. The Proudlove’s world was turned upside down but their suffering has been eased by the continuous support from not only the people who have been connected to Warrick in some way in the past, but also through the empathy of generous strangers who are keen to help. In some way or other, Warrick’s story has touched thousands. Trish and Kevin Proudlove, along with Warrick's brother and sister, Mark and Alix, would like to thank the tradesmen and suppliers who made the renovations for the comfort and recovery of Warrick possible:
Steven Murphy Electrical: Steven Murphy, Tyson Hathaway, Ben Myers, Jake Murphy, Mattie McGuire, Tom Cremasio, Shawn Williams, Tom Sprowl, Tom Bowering, Matty Secries, Dave Walsh and Dave Cox. Camtec Solar; Sam Alliston and Chris Webb. Sonic Electrical; Josh Slobe. Quality Air Solutions; Bryn De Jonghe, Chris Matthews, and Ben Stone. Scholz Group; Darren Bender. Metaflex; David Sydenham.
David metalflex went on the Saturday to Wangara office so they could pick up the last air conditioner.