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 Helensvale. 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 Westfield Local Heroes will be announced here on 1 October

Your six finalists for Westfield Helensvale are:

Ben Tullipan

Empower Golf Australia
Inspiring . Heroic . Generous

Ben Tullipan suffered horrific injuries and lost his legs in the 2002 Bali Bombings. In 2007, he took up golf for rehabilitation and recreation and started meeting people who wanted to play but couldn’t because of disabilities.

Ben has a passion for getting the disabled active and volunteers for Empower Golf Australia. He has introduced a mobility device called the ParaGolfer to the Parkwood Golf Course and organises free development days for the disabled. “I empower these less-abled individuals with the choice to live and get active through sport,” says Ben.

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 Ben is successful, Empower Golf Australia will use the money to continue funding the free lessons and to buy necessary equipment.


Carly Fradgley

Baby Give Back
Passionate . Driven . Relentless

When lawyer Carly Fradgley roped in a few friends to start Baby Give Back, she thought it would be a fun way to help families in need. What started as a hobby has grown into a full-blown charitable enterprise that has helped more than 1700 families in two years. It provides children and babies with new or safety-checked preloved essentials such as car restraints, clothes and cots. “We believe every baby deserves a safe start regardless of their family’s situation,” says Carly, who is both CEO and an active volunteer for the charity.

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 Carly is successful, the charity will buy prams, cots and car restraints to supplement those that are collected. It will also be able to send items to the Gold Coast Hospital when they are required urgently.


Jane Standen

GiveAbility
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.

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 Jane is successful, GiveAbility will relaunch its music therapy program, directly helping 400 children and their families.


Megan Stray

Heal.ed tribe
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.

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 Megan is successful, Heal.ed tribe will invest in website development and boosting its marketing. I will also fund extra retreat days for teens and tweens.


Nick Marshall

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.

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 Nick is successful, the Albatross Nippers would be able to fully fund participation in the Nippers for two or three seasons, including the cost of safety uniforms.


Tani Stubbs

Radio Lollipop
Selfless . Inspiring . Charitable

Tani Stubbs has a heart condition and other health challenges, but that has never stopped her from going out of her way to help as many people as she can. When she was hospitalised as a child, she thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment put on by the Radio Lollipop crew. For the past two years, she has been giving back as a Lollipop volunteer on the East Coast, providing a welcome distraction and fun for children in hospital.The young patients can request their favourite songs, win prizes and hear their voice on the radio.

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 Tani is successful, Radio Lollipop will upgrade its very old radio equipment.


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