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Last chance to vote for your Westfield Local Hero​

It only takes a minute to recognise and give back to someone in your community who is doing amazing work. Vote for your Westfield Local Hero today.

Westfield Local Heroes is a recognition and awards program that shines the spotlight on individuals and their organisations in Australia and New Zealand who make a positive impact to their local community or environment.

The Westfield Local Hero finalist with the highest number of community votes for each Westfield centre will be awarded a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. Finalists receive a $5,000 grant for their organisation.

This year Westfield will award 126 grants across Australia and New Zealand – totaling $1.26 million. Now in its 5th year, the Westfield Local Heroes program will have contributed $6.14M to more than 530 successful Local Hero organisations since it began.

Voting closes 22 August

VOTE NOW! Your finalists for Westfield Doncaster are:

Caroline Eshak-Liuzzi

Creative Art Therapy Australia
Generous. Compassionate. Visionary

Caroline Eshak-Liuzzi is the founder of Creative Art Therapy Australia. For 13 years, Caroline has been advocating and supporting marginalised, disadvantaged, and vulnerable people through Creative Arts Therapies.
CATA supports at-risk youth, migrants, refugees, domestic violence survivors, terminally ill children, the elderly, disability groups and neuro and gender-diverse people.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities. The finalist with the most community votes will become the Westfield Doncaster Local Hero for 2022, receiving a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. If Caroline is successful, CATA will use its funds to assist 660 individuals in need.

Daphne Proietto

Keys of Life
Welcoming. Determined. Patient

Daphne Proietto is helping children with physical or learning disabilities defy expectations by teaching them to play the piano. She is an ambassador for Keys of Life, a charity that trains other music teachers in her method, which she uses to teach children of all abilities the joy of playing music.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities. The finalist with the most community votes will become the Westfield Doncaster Local Hero for 2022, receiving a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. If Daphne is successful, Keys of Life will use its funds to establish two musical groups in which students with disabilities can form friendships through making music together.

Nat Alessio

Hohnes Road Playhouse
Tireless. Uplifting. Committed

Tireless Nat Alessio has spent hundreds of volunteer hours rejuvenating the cherished Hohnes Road Playhouse and keeping it operating amid COVID and funding challenges. As President of the 52-year-old volunteer-run facility, Nat is doing everything she can to ensure its survival for the children of today and future generations.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities. The finalist with the most community votes will become the Westfield Doncaster Local Hero for 2022, receiving a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. If Nat is successful, the Hohnes Road Playhouse will use its funds to build a nature play area with a sand pit, climbing logs, veggie patches, beehives and cubby houses.”


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