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 Carindale are:

Aidan Lamberth

Scarlett May Foundation
Generous. Driven. Visionary

Aidan Lamberth delivers 1000 meals a month to families who are unable to leave the bedside of their critically ill children. Sadly, he knows the difficulty these parents face because he and wife, Renee, spent four months with their desperately ill baby daughter at the Queensland Children’s Hospital. When their daughter passed away, the couple set up the Scarlett May Foundation to provide healthy meals in her honour. “We were blessed to have family and friends who supported us. We saw firsthand that so many others didn’t receive the same support, so we wanted to fill the gap,” Aidan 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 Aiden is successful, the Scarlett May Foundation will purchase a blast chiller to safely increase the number of meals provided.


Angela Christodoulou

Queensland Koala Society Inc
Dedicated. Caring. Compassionate 

Angela Christodoulou has been known to camp under a tree for three days to rescue a koala and her joey. A co-founder of the Queensland Koala Society, she gives it her all to help protect the south-east Brisbane koala population. Angela has rescued more than 505 koalas over the years and has recruited local volunteers to help her. Community education is a crucial part of her work. "We encourage people to keep their dogs in at night and to drive carefully. "Collectively as a community we need to get involved with trying to save this precious species," Angela 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 Angela is successful, the Queensland Koala Society will use the funds to build a larger rehabilitation facility for the koalas.


Christine (Chris) Rafter

Care Kits for Kids Qld Inc.
Caring. Creative. Committed

Sewing dynamo Chris Rafter can make 200 Babies outfits in a weekend, all for a good cause. She is the president of Care Kits for Kids, which distributes backpacks to children going into out-of-home care. Each contains two sets of clothes, pyjamas, age-appropriate toiletries, a book and toy and educational items. Chris whizzes up hundreds of outfits to makeover the Barbie dolls she has collected to distribute through the backpacks. "We love providing a bridge between a caring community and children in need," she 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 Christine is successful, Care Kits for Kids Qld will use its grant to expand into regional Queensland.


Elena Gosse

Women's Legal Service Queensland
Inspirational. Tenacious. Charismatic

Successful CEO Elena Gosse has overcome the family violence she experienced as a child and is doing what she can to protect others from abuse. She is speaker and fundraiser for Women's Legal Service Queensland (WLSQ), which provides legal and welfare assistance to women and children escaping domestic and family violence. She shares her story and message that no one is immune to domestic violence. "I try to encourage those who may be perpetrators of violence, both men and women, to connect with their feelings and open up to loved ones or a counsellor before it is too late."

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 Elena is successful, WLSQ will use its grant to boost its call centre capacity and help more women.


George Kambouris

SBH (Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus) Queensland
Inspiring. Relentless. Selfless 

George Kambouris was born with spina bifida and wasn’t expected to survive infancy. He defied the odds and now provides support and hope to other people with the disabling genetic condition, which affects the development of the spine and spinal cord. In his part-time role with SBH (Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus) Queensland, George tackles this challenge by helping people with the condition to increase their work skills and experience. He helps them build their resumes and refine their interview skills and advocates for them in the community. “Our goal is to change the mindset of people with spina bifida regarding employment,” George 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 George is successful, SBH Queensland will use the grant to establish a health program for men diagnosed with spina bifida and/ or hydrocephalus.


Ken Loftus

The Sunlight Centre
Strong. Inspiring. Caring

Counsellor Ken Loftus knows there is no time to waste when people are thinking of suicide, so he enables immediate access to crisis support. In 2017, he founded independent charity The Sunlight Centre to offer free crisis counselling for anyone with suicidal thoughts or self-harming behaviour. Ken counsels the majority of clients, aged 12 to 79, who can get help without a GP referral or mental health plan. "We cut out the middleman so clients can get in straight away to get three months of free counselling," he 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 Ken is successful, The Sunlight Centre will put its funds towards an online counselling program, therapist fees and facility upgrades.

If you need support, please phone:
The Sunlight Centre 1300 259 724


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

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