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Thank you for voting for your Westfield Local Hero

We congratulate all of our finalists and recognise the important contribution they make to the local community. The successful Westfield Local Heroes will be announced on 27 October.

Westfield Local Heroes is a community recognition and grants program, connecting and enriching local communities.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the outcome of the public vote determining the three successful 2020 nominees for every Westfield centre. Each of the affiliated organisations of the successful heroes will be awarded a $10,000 grant to support their work to thrive. Westfield will award 126 grants across Australia and New Zealand – totalling $1.26 million.


Your finalists for Westfield Belconnen are:

Caroline Odgers

GIVIT Listed Ltd
Dedicated. Energetic. Superstar

Whether it’s warm gear for homeless people, a tent for a family or a toy for a boy who lost his Christmas presents in the bushfires, Caroline Odgers treats all aid requests with kind enthusiasm. Caroline is the ACT and South East NSW Manager of GIVIT, which sources tens of thousands of donated items for more than 350 charities, including domestic violence services, homeless shelters and bushfire recovery services. “My role at GIVIT is to help make the lives of these incredible people a little easier, which makes me so incredibly proud of our work,” Caroline says.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. If Caroline is successful, GIVIT will invest in a digital campaign to inspire donors to continue supporting its disaster recovery efforts and provide volunteer workshops for community engagement.


Elizabeth (Beth) Lefevre

Young Women's Cancer Support Group - ACT & Surrounding Region
Determined. Committed. Energetic

Elizabeth Lefevre was on maternity leave with four-month-old twins when a breast cancer diagnosis turned her world upside-down. Elizabeth soon discovered a gap in support for younger women with cancer and started an online group that became The Young Women's Cancer Support Group – ACT & Surrounding Region. "If you're unable to be proactive, extremely vigilant and advocate your rights, things get missed and can fall through the cracks of the system – which I experienced personally on multiple occasions," Elizabeth says.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. If Elizabeth is successful, Young Women's Cancer Support Group will use its grant to register as a non-profit and fund networking events and information sessions.


Marilyn Richards

ACT Wizards Ten Pin Bowling League
Dedicated. Inclusive. Fun

The Zone Belconnen is a hive of activity every Saturday as the ACT Wizards Tenpin bowlers gather to bowl, cheered on by their families, friends and support workers. All year round, it’s a time for laughter, celebration and encouragement, thanks in a big part to Marilyn Richards, the president of the league for people in the ACT region living with disability. Marilyn has been involved with the Wizards for more than 20 years and has been president for five years. “I feel great satisfaction seeing the bowlers reach their potential,” says Marilyn, who has a young adult daughter with disability.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. If Marilyn is successful, Wizards will use the grant to travel to regional tournaments and to attend next year’s national tournament.


Sharon Leigh-Hazell

Florey Neighbourhood Watch
Dedicated. Community-minded. Passionate

Sharon Leigh-Hazell is on a mission to transform Florey into the friendliest neighbourhood in Canberra. It all started after Sharon's house was burgled and her car was stolen. Fortunately, a neighbour reached out to the community, which culminated in a people getting together and forming the Florey Neighbourhood Watch. Sharon took on a leadership role and the group has attracted 130 members who meet for regular coffee catchups and community forums and produce regular newsletters for around 2100 households in Florey. They also engage with the police, tackle street lighting issues, support local seniors and have organised Clean Up Florey Days and a successful community fair.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. If Sharon is successful, Neighbourhood Watch ACT will buy a branded gazebo, supply property identification pens to the community and print multilingual brochures.


Sue White

Scullin Community Group
Passionate. Vibrant. Determined

Sue White is known as a super-connector and is on a mission to transform her suburb of Scullin into a vibrant community. In late 2018, Sue and neighbour Rachel Howard founded Scullin Community Group. Within weeks they had set up a popular Facebook group, organised a community get-together and canvassed the views of locals about strengthening the suburb's sense of community. In under 18 months, the group has spearheaded an impressive list of improvements, including the volunteer-run Scullin Traders, murals, garden beds and events for locals. "I love how connections between residents change our feelings about where we live,” Sue says.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. If Sue is successful, the community group will buy an events trailer with tables, bunting, lights and fake lawn for use across the Belconnen area.


Tim Miller

Lids4Kids
Passionate. Enthusiastic. Genuine

Tim discovered a charity who wanted lids to recycle into sustainable products for kids. Lids4Kids was born when Tim started raising funds for charity by collecting the 10c refund on containers. But nobody wanted the plastic lids he had accumulated. Tim was determined to save the lids from landfill and searched for various not-for-profit groups that could use the plastic bottle lids to repurpose into sustainable recycled plastic products to benefit the environment and disadvantaged kids. "We've prevented over 22 tonnes of plastic from going to landfill," Tim says.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. If Tim is successful, Lids4Kids will buy a granulator to shred lids, enabling the volunteers to make plastic products that directly benefit local children.


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