Presenting your 2019 Westfield Local Heroes
We are excited to announce your three 2019 successful Westfield Local Heroes for Westfield Carousel.
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 40 trade areas across Australia and New Zealand. In 2019, we are awarding $1.2 million to 120 local organisations.
In February 2020, we will open nominations for the 2020 Westfield Local Heroes program, so start thinking about those people in your communities who make a difference
Your three Westfield Carousel Local Heroes are
Unconditional . Compassionate . Selfless
Thousands of people around the world are happier, thanks to Julian Pace. Driven to tackle depression and loneliness, he founded Happiness Co, which offers workshops and online programs to help people improve their mental health. By employing more staff with different skills, he has been able to expand Happiness Co into workplaces and schools. “I’ve benefited over 50,000 people in over 10 countries,” says Julian, who was inspired to set up Happiness Co after overcoming his own mental health challenges. He has severe dyslexia and dropped out of school in year 8 after being bullied.
Passionate . Empowering . Selfless
After spending time in care during early childhood, Leah Atkinson has been driven to help the next generation of children facing similar anguish. She created Operation Sunshine WA, which provides packs of necessary items to help children through the first few days in out-of-home care. Many arrive with little or no belongings, and the packs help to preserve their dignity and make them feel less isolated, says Leah. “The packs contain essential items including hygiene products, clothing and comfort items that vary depending on the recipient’s age and gender.”
Riding for the Disabled
Wholehearted . Passionate . Caring
Paige Connolly was blown away when she first turned up to volunteer for Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Oakford. Riding horses helps people with disabilities to build their physical strength, motor skills and confidence. Paige was amazed as she watched the riders transform before her eyes as their lesson progressed. “The horses made my heart melt as I watched them bring so much joy and love to their riders and volunteers,” she says.“I knew from the start I would do what I could to contribute and be a part of this wonderful organisation.”
Recognising all our 2019 nominees
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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