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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 Carousel are:

Chontae Hayden

Earbus Foundation of WA
Passionate. Conscientious. Kind

As someone who struggled with hearing as a child, Chontae Hayden is committed to stamping out ear infections among Indigenous and at-risk children. At 19 years of age, she is a community role model and an indispensable member of the Earbus Foundation WA, which aims to eradicate middle ear disease in remote communities and Perth. Chontae, a Noongar woman, manages the clinical information so the team of doctors and nurses don't miss children who are high priority. "One of the things I love is educating teachers and families so they are aware what symptoms they should look out for," Chontae 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 Chontae is successful, the Earbus Foundation's grant will fund vital equipment to enable help for more kids.


Guy Mead

Stryka Fight Team
Passionate. Dedicated. Selfless

Stryka Fight Team is a sporting club with a difference. Guy Mead established the non-profit mixed martial arts team so at-risk young people can enjoy and even compete in their favourite combat sport for free. But there is a stipulation: every young person must volunteer in the community, for example by providing firewood and yard maintenance to the elderly or supporting those with disabilities. "We give local youth a sense of achievement, purpose and community belonging," Guy 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 Guy is successful, Stryka Fight Team will use its grant to enable the team to reach more at-risk young people.


Jayde Seed

Rebound WA Inc
Selfless. Committed. Determined

Jayde Seed is passionate about giving people with disabilities the chance to keep fit and achieve their full potential, just as he has. Jayde was left with quadriplegia after a football accident but participating in wheelchair rugby helped through the dark times. For 15 years, he has been proudly volunteering for Rebound WA's wheelchair rugby program to raise awareness of the life-changing sport and is now the team captain and coach. He is a regular visitor to people in hospital after suffering a traumatic injury. "Providing hope and support to others who have suffered a traumatic injury like myself is invaluable to their recovery," 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 Jayde is successful, Rebound WA will use the funds to repair valuable equipment so players don't need to share chairs.


Jessica (Jess) Pianta

HeartKids
Selfless. Courageous. Compassionate

Jess Pianta has her hands full juggling work, family life and caring for a child with congenital heart disease. Still she finds time to help other families in the same position. Jess set a up a playgroup exclusively for children with congenital heart disease (CHD), who risk becoming seriously ill if they are exposed to bugs that healthy kids at regular playgroups brush off. “Having their own specific playgroup gives parents of heart kids the ability to share their experiences and support each other while knowing their children are safe from common illnesses,” Jess 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 Jessica is successful, HeartKids will be able to increase the number of playgroups it runs and help more families.


Julian Pace

Happiness Co Pty Ltd
Unconditional. Compassionate. Selfless

Julian Pace is determined to do something to make the world happier and combat depression. He founded Happiness Co, which offers a range of events and online programs to promote connection, kindness and contribution to the world. Happiness Co has had a positive impact on over 80,000 people in over 10 countries. Julian has launched several initiatives to help men, young women, school students and parents and their children. “We believe we can end global unhappiness and massively reduce suicide rates,” says Julian, who lost his father to suicide on his 21st birthday.

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 Julian is successful, Happiness Co will use its grant to produce and promote its programs.

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


Lenny Jacoby

The Essentials Collective
Selfless. Passionate. Hard-working

Lenny Jacoby helps people who are homeless or fleeing domestic violence feel more valued by providing them with basics such as a toothbrush, shampoo, socks and underwear. So far, her not-for-profit The Essentials Collective has provided nearly 200,000 essential items to vulnerable people in Perth. Most vulnerable people want to look good, to have hygiene and be proud of who they are,” Lenny says. “How can they do that without the basic things in life?”

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 Lenny is successful, The Essentials Collective will put its grant towards securing permanent storage premises and to purchasing extra toiletries.


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

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