Meet your local hero finalists

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Meet your local hero finalists

Read about your Westfield Local Hero finalists.

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 2019 nominees for Westfield Fountain Gate. Each of the affiliated organisations for the successful three heroes will be awarded a $10,000 grant to support their work to thrive. In total, Westfield will be awarding 120 grants across Australia and New Zealand – totalling $1.2 million.

Your six finalists for Westfield Fountain Gate are:

Colin Moore

Cranbourne Junior Football Club
Innovative . Collaborative . Integrity

Despite its rich history, the Cranbourne Junior Football Club was facing several challenges until its President, Colin Moore, pulled it up by its bootstraps. Colin sees the club’s more than 300 players as his kids and is firmly focused on keeping the family robust and healthy, both physically and spiritually. He is committed to social diversity, giving the children a sense of belonging and ensuring no one is left behind. “My challenges are to keep the kids active, off the streets and away from devices, as well as to build social inclusion,” says Colin.

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 Colin is successful, Cranbourne Junior Football Club will use the grant will be put towards electronic scoreboards that will enable the club to host inclusive community events.


Daniel Beeson

TRY Australia
Passionate . Positive . Persevering

Daniel Beeson grew up amid adversity and has taken some wrong turns. But he has always landed on his feet and learnt lessons from his experiences.He uses his life experience to help vulnerable young people do the best they can for themselves and is a dedicated mentor and coach. Daniel was a volunteer for three years at TRY Australia before he was employed as mentoring coordinator. In this role, he has developed positive connections with key stakeholders and established mentoring programs for seven schools across Melbourne’s south-east in just four months.

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 Daniel is successful, TRY Australia will be able to run a 12-month group program for 20 young people who are on a waiting list for a one-to-one mentor.


James Seeary

Operation Newstart Casey
Patient . Caring . Inspirational

James Seeary worked in formal education for 10 years before moving to Operation Newstart Casey, where he is Program Manager and has been helping at-risk youth for the past 12 years.Despite his senior position, he engages directly with participants. “I enjoy getting out and getting dirty along-side the young people engaged in our adventure activities and this, in turn, enables me to build strong and trusting relationships.” As a result, he has become a caring father figure for many of the more than 350 young people who have completed programs over the years.

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 James is successful, Operation Newstart Casey will receive welcome relief from financial pressure and will be able to sustain its RE-ENGAGE program until 2020.


Judy Martin

Endeavour Ministries
Dedicated . Energetic . Passionate

Judy Martin has always felt compelled to help those in need.In 1994 an opportunity arose to open an op shop with volunteers from different churches and community organisations to raise funds to provide food vouchers to people in need. Judy jumped at the chance and has been volunteering for more than five days a week ever since. The organisation has expanded over the decades, and Judy now leads a team of more than 100 professional volunteers providing a range of services for families in crisis in the Endeavour Hills, Lysterfield and Doveton communities.

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 Judy is successful, Endeavour Ministries will use the funds to provide emergency help for families in need, especially preventing homelessness.


Lauren Moore

Abacus Learning Centre
Inspirational . Intense . Forward-thinking

Lauren Moore’s world was turned upside down when a paediatrician gave her 18-month old son an autism diagnosis and said he would never speak or have meaningful relationships. The only advice offered was to find good respite services.Lauren had never heard of autism and had to look it up in the dictionary. Then she researched how to give Billy the best chance she could.She discovered ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) therapy and started using the method at home with Billy.Other parents were impressed with his progress and asked Lauren to help their children.

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 Lauren is successful, Abacus Learning Centre will use the grant to subsidise fees for clients who do not have access to government funding such as the NDIS.


Tarang Chawla

Not One More Niki
Driven . Optimistic . Generous

Tarang Chawla has used his grief and anger about his sister Nikita’s 2015 passing as a launching pad for a campaign to reduce violence by men against women. He formed Not One More Niki to encourage safer families and safer communities by changing the culture, behaviours and attitudes that lead to violence. He shares the true stories of his sister and other victims to educate school students and others. “I use the power of the human story to connect with people and empower change within the local community,” says Tarang.

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 Tarang is successful, Not One More Niki will be able to reach more local people with its message and increase its advocacy efforts.


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