Thank you for voting for your Westfield Local Hero

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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 Booragoon are:

Brad Karafil

Kardinya Suns Junior Football Club
Supportive. Authentic. Enthusiastic


Volunteer AFL coach Brad Karafil is teaching his Year 11 and 12 players life skills, inclusivity and teamwork. With his reputation for being hard but fair, Brad has been a respected coach at Kardinya Suns Junior Football Club for 12 years. The award-winning coach has led teams to three premierships. But it’s not all about winning. Brad’s mantra is “today’s boys, tomorrow’s gentlemen”. He promotes cultural diversity and acceptance and sees team sport as a great way to teach teenagers invaluable lessons for their future. “I like to think I facilitate emotional growth and development in young people,” Brad 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 Brad is successful, Kardinya Suns Junior Football Club will use its grant to buy training tops, playing jumpers and shorts for players as well as equipment.


Christina (Chrissy) Lee

Heroes Academy
Inclusive. Passionate. Kind

As a former speech therapist and mother, Chrissy Lee knew more could be done to help children with additional needs enjoy the fun activities other kids may take for granted. She set up Heroes Academy, which runs fun-filled events for these children and their siblings and offers parents some respite.

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 Chrissy is successful, the Heroes Academy will use its grant to create a sensory room to better accommodate the needs of young heroes.


Curtis Novacsek

Edmund Rice Camps for Kids WA
Present. Compassionate. Liberating

Energetic volunteer Curtis Novacsek has helped hundreds of at-risk children as a mentor with Edmund Rice Camps for Kids. He is admired for his willingness to go above and beyond so they can enjoy just being children. The camps always go well when Curtis is involved, thanks to his special bond with the kids.

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 Curtis is successful, Edmund Rice Camps will use its grant to fund three additional programs and train 50 volunteer leaders.


Donna Roberts

Children’s Tumour Foundation
Courageous. Fierce. Admirable

Donna Roberts’ heart broke when bullies picked on her daughter about her appearance. Now she is fighting the stigma and social isolation associated with neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that can cause tumours to grow on nerve cells. Thanks to her advocacy, people feel more included in the community, and their wellbeing has improved.

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 Donna is successful, the Children’s Tumour Foundation will use its grant to run a camp for kids with neurofibromatosis as well as their siblings.


Sharon Irene Young

Lifeline WA
Passionate. Dedicated. Giving

When Sharon Irene Young lost her nephew to suicide eight years ago, she was determined to help others get the support they need. As a volunteer with Lifeline WA, she has raised close to $190,000 to train telephone counsellors. She has also established a mental health program at the school where she works.

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, Lifeline WA will use the grant to cover the cost of training new telephone counsellors.

If you need support, please phone:
Lifeline: 13 11 14


If you need support, please phone Lifeline: 13 11 14

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