Presenting your 2019 Westfield Local Heroes
We are excited to announce your three 2019 successful Westfield Local Heroes for Westfield Helensvale.
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 Helensvale Local Heroes are:
Selfless . Empathetic . Passionate
School children borrow all-terrain wheelchairs and walkers to participate in their first cross country. Families borrow specialist wheelchairs for their first trip to the beach together. These are just two of the ways GiveAbility co-founder Jane Standen is helping local disabled children. Jane’s eldest son was diagnosed with leukemia before his third birthday and her 16-year-old daughter is profoundly disabled. “These lived experiences and the challenges we have faced as a family have been the genesis for the GiveAbility program,” says Jane, who co-founded the charity with husband Scott Standen and paediatric physiotherapist Melissa Locke.
Selfless . Compassionate . Devoted
Former primary school teacher Megan Stray founded the Heal.ed charity to help young people with mental illness stay engaged with family, friends, school and their life. She takes every opportunity to run empowerment programs for children and teens and to give presentations at schools and awareness-raising events. But Heal.ed is getting its best results from its free day retreats for girls.They are shown different coping skills by practitioners who donate their time. Megan ensures a full day of love, pampering and healing with activities including yoga, kinesiology, facials, journaling and reflexology.
The Albatross Nippers
Selfless . Friendly . Fun
Physiotherapist and surf club coach Nick Marshall knew he had to help when he realised local children with special needs were missing out on the joy of Nippers. So, he started the Albatross Nippers to provide an inclusive opportunity to enjoy the quintessentially Australian rite of passage. Nick, who is the physiotherapist for the Australian Lifesaving Team and has been a coach at Nobby's Beach surf club for 10 years, designed a special program in which his young Nippers buddy up with mainstream peers to enjoy confidence-building activities in the surf and on the beach.
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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