Presenting your 2020 Westfield Local Heroes

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Presenting your 2020 Westfield Local Heroes

We are excited to announce your three 2020 successful Westfield Local Heroes for Booragoon.

These inspiring local leaders were nominated and voted for by the community and will now be awarded a $10,000 grant for each of their affiliated organisations to help their important work to grow.

Westfield Local Heroes is a community recognition and grants program, connecting and enriching local communities. Launched in 2018, the program spans our 42 trade areas across Australia and New Zealand. In 2020, we are awarding $1.26 million to 126 local organisations.

In February 2021, we will open nominations for the 2021 Westfield Local Heroes program, so start thinking about those people in your communities who make a difference.


Your three Westfield Booragoon Local Heroes 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.

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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.

Find out more >


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.

Find out more >


We congratulate all of our finalists and nominees and recognise the important contribution they make to the local community.

View all of the finalists, nominees and their organisations


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