Presenting your 2019 Westfield Local Heroes
We are excited to announce your three 2019 successful Westfield Local Heroes for Westfield Doncaster.
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 Doncaster Local Heroes are:
Children's Tumour Foundation
Strong . Compassionate . Selfless
When Alice Dell’s son, Barney, was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis (NF), her family struggled to access information and support about the potentially devastating genetic disease that can cause tumours to form on the nerves. The primary school teacher wants others to have a better experience and has become a stalwart supporter of the Children's Tumour Foundation.She has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, her parents have set up a research fellowship, she organises community events, and she is always ready to share her story with other parents to help them navigate the uncertainty of a diagnosis.
Victorian Electric Wheelchair Sports Association
Proactive . Responsive . Resilient
Luke David has a disabling condition called Nemaline Myopathy and relies on an electric wheelchair. Despite his challenges, he is committed to helping others and spends most of his time volunteering for organisations that support people with disabilities. His main passion is sport, particularly electric wheel chair sports, which he took up when he was thirteen.He’s experienced the personal benefit and represented Australia at an international level. “Growing up with a physical disability, I never thought I’d be able to play sport. I want to spread awareness around what our athletes achieve,” he says.
Clota Cottage Neighbourhood House
Tenacious. Energetic. Selfless.
Clota Cottage Neighbourhood House is a much-valued sanctuary wherein elderly, disabled and lonely people can socialise and learn new skills. It makes a special effort to embrace people who don’t speak English as a first language, and also provides subsidised child care for young families. However, a major commercial development next door was keeping people away and threatening Clota’s viability. That’s where volunteer treasurer Trevor Eddy came in.He led a concerted media and face-to-face campaign that secured compensation, returned Clota to a firm financial footing and brought the community back together.
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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