Presenting your 2019 Westfield Local Heroes
We are excited to announce your three 2019 successful Westfield Local Heroes for Westfield Chermside.
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 Chermside Local Heroes are
Brisbane Paralympic Football Program
Selfless . Passionate . Committed
Jay Larkins set out to help his son play football, but he has ended up bringing the game to kids with disabilities all over Brisbane. He is the founder and head coach of the Brisbane Paralympic Football Program, which exists to ensure that anyone can play football – including his own son who has cerebral palsy. “It is not a privilege for a community member of any ability to be involved. It is their right,” says Jay, who has put countless hours and his own money into the program since creating it in 2006.
Ronald McDonald House
Dedicated . Inspiring . Passionate
Sue-Ann Dunning helps families of very sick kids who need a place to stay while in Brisbane or the Gold Coast for treatment. As a volunteer at Ronald McDonald House Charities South East Queensland, she makes the lodging as welcoming as possible. “We provide that home away from home for families who often need to spend months away from loved ones,” she says. The charity has three houses, which can accommodate up to 139 families. Sue-Ann ensures all families experience special occasions and is active on the Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter and Christmas committees.
Supportive . Dedicated . Enthusiastic
Bravery isn’t just a word for Tanya Allen; it’s something she sees every day in kids fighting cancer. Tanya is the founder of Bravery Box, a support program that helps children and teens find their inner strength in the toughest of circumstances. She started Bravery Box when her daughter Lara was receiving treatment for leukaemia and responded positively when she and her husband celebrated her choice to be brave. “She began to look forward to hospital visits. She focused on the connection, celebration and her friendships with the nursing staff.”
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 Tanya is successful, Bravery Box will buy gifts such as T-shirts, journals and bravery gym packs to help kids strengthen their “bravery muscles”.
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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