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Thank you for voting for your Westfield Local Hero

We congratulate all of our finalists and recognise the important contribution they make to the local community. The successful Westfield Local Heroes will be announced on 12 October.

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 Westfield Local Heroes for every Westfield centre. Each of the affiliated organisations of the successful heroes will be awarded a $10,000 grant to support their work to thrive. Westfield will award 126 grants across Australia and New Zealand – totalling $1.26 million.

Your finalists for Westfield Hurstville are:

Annette Mayne

The Reconnect Project
Selfless. Giving. Hard-working

Annette Mayne is tackling two pressing issues with her social enterprise, The Reconnect Project. First, she refurbishes pre-loved mobile devices and laptops and passes them on to women fleeing domestic violence and other people who can’t afford them, including refugee children. Second, her work also keeps e-waste from landfill.

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 Annette is successful, The Reconnect Project will use its funds to help cover the $100-250 cost of repairing each mobile device.

Ibtisam Hammoud

3Bridges Community
Passionate. Friendly. Enthusiastic

Passionate and dedicated employee Ibtisam Hammoud brings hope and connection to people of all ages through her work with 3Bridges Community. Ibtisam plays a big part in encouraging young people to believe in themselves, make informed decisions and follow their dreams. In addition, she helps older people in the community to access services and supports other 3Bridges activities.

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 Ibtisam is successful, 3Bridges Community will use its funds to help 20 vulnerable families with emergency packs, counselling, weekly support and a weekly playgroup.

Lucillia Chan

Hurstville Community Garden Association
Passionate. Knowledgeable. Generous

Horticulturist Lucillia Chan is dedicating her retirement to helping people from all walks of life experience the joy and healing power of nature. Lucillia is an enthusiastic volunteer for the Hurstville Community Garden Association, which has set up a 30-bed garden in Hurstville. Several local groups use the garden, including the gardening therapy group that Lucillia started to help people affected by cancer.

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 Lucillia is successful, the Hurstville Community Garden Association will use its funds to extend its pergola so more people can be hosted and to introduce under-cover activities for older people.

Mark Pacey

The Kids' Cancer Project
Unrelenting. Passionate. Determined

Dedicated dad Mark Pacey has pushed himself to his physical limits to raise over $150,000 for The Kids’ Cancer Project. To reflect the endurance of children with cancer, Mark came up with a 24-hour triathlon to raise funds for the project, which funds research into childhood cancers. He calls his event the Bloody Long Day.

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 Mark is successful, The Kids’ Cancer Project will use its funds for cancer research and stage the next The Bloody Long Day triathlon, which will raise even more funds.

Samey Minkara

Street Industries
Driven. Passionate. Altruistic

CEO & Founder of Street Industries, Samey Minkara, is an experienced youth worker. Samey started Street-Smart, a youth program in last July to support young people impacted by Covid-19. He leads a team of volunteers on the streets to reach young people, assisting them to reconnect with their 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 awarded, Samey will use its funds to reach more at-risk young people and train local young people to become volunteers.

Sonya Sarkis

Sweet Dreams Foundation Limited
Brave. Loyal. Passionate

Altruistic Sonya Sarkis has started a charity and put her savings towards setting up a comfortable and stylish temporary home for local women fleeing domestic violence. Sonya has spent 20 years doing pro bono work and established her Sweet Dreams Foundation last May to give women somewhere safe to live until they can transition to longer-term accommodation.

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 Sonya is successful, the Sweet Dreams Foundation will use its funds to provide counselling for women. It will also buy furniture for group meetings and computers.


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Recognising all our 2021 nominees

View all of the Westfield Hurstville nominees and their organisation