Westfield Local Heroes 2019
Westfield Local Heroes is a recognition and awards program that connects and enriches communities in Australia and New Zealand. The program discovers and celebrates individuals who make a positive impact to their local community and/or environment.
For further information on the Westfield Local Heroes program, click here.
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.
Powerchair Sports Victoria
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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