Monday, 2 December 2019
Mandurah's very own Where's Wally, also known as Lisa Kelly, is the latest Local Legend.
Mayor Rhys Williams said the community was a better place with people like Lisa in it.
“Lisa, Mandurah's famous Where's Wally character, has made an amazing contribution to the local community, schools and business sector, by spreading happiness and positivity everywhere she goes,” he said.
“She puts the spotlight on our local businesses and is passionate about everyone supporting these businesses where they can, which is wonderful because we know some are doing it tough at the moment.
“Lisa is a great example of an inspiring volunteer doing great things for her community, and for that we thank her. She is a fantastic ambassador for Mandurah.”
People may have spotted Wally, Lisa's alter ego, spreading joy, fun and positivity around Mandurah, the region and the state. Dressing as Wally, the self-confessed 'joker' not only uplifts community spirit and pride, but helps to promote Mandurah, local businesses and community events through her quirky persona.
Through her Facebook page – wallyfunwithlisa – Lisa dons the Wally costume and showcases local businesses, encouraging people to 'buy local' to support the region's business community.
Having lived in Mandurah since 1970, Lisa also volunteers her time covering thousands of books for local school libraries, and driving the bus for her mother's nursing home. She's also known for encouraging people to join in with her happy train station dancing following concerts.
Lisa said the Where's Wally guise initially started when she bought the costume for her husband, and when she saw how much fun he was having she bought one for herself – and Wally flourished from there.
“I started dressing up as Wally and people loved it. I started meeting people I'd never normally meet, and everyone wanted selfies with Wally, and I didn't want to take the costume off after that,” she said.
“It really brings happiness to people and makes them smile. Watching people's reactions to Wally makes it all worth it.
“When I'm Lisa Kelly I'm nervous, but when I'm Wally I am as cool as a cucumber.”
If you know of someone who deserves to be a Local Legend please contact the City.