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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 27 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 successful 2020 nominees 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 Innaloo are:

Ashley Moon

Men's Shed, City of Stirling
Dependable. Dedicated. Passionate

Prolific volunteer Ashley Moon is helping to break down gender stereotypes by teaching women basic plumbing and car maintenance. The founding member of the Men's Shed in the City of Stirling is running a 12-month pilot program to teach women these and other useful skills, including plastering. He also assists with a program for men with a disability and teaches woodworking twice a week. Unlike some of the men he teaches, Ashley says his women students are not afraid to ask a question if they don't understand. "Helping others is my current enjoyment," says the grandfather of four.

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 Ashley is successful, the Men's Shed City of Stirling will use its grant to fund out-of-hours workshops for men and women who can't attend during the day.


Kevin Prunster

Cancer Council WA
Cheerful. Genuine. Modest

Volunteer Kevin Prunster is digging deep to make sure cancer patients from country areas get life-saving care. Every week he spends eight to ten hours calmly driving patients from the Cancer Council WA's accommodation lodges in Perth to their treatment appointments. This takes the stress of navigating city traffic away from patients and their carers. It also saves fuel and parking costs, relieving some of the financial burden associated with cancer.
"Being a driver is so rewarding because these people are really unwell and it's nice to feel you are able to help them at a difficult time," Kevin says.

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 Kevin is successful, the Cancer Council WA will use its grant to fund fuel costs.


Michelle Jamieson

Telethon Speech & Hearing
Caring. Compassionate. Empathetic

Michelle Jamieson has a personal understanding of what parents may go through when their child is diagnosed with hearing loss or a speech and language delay. She experienced this journey with her own daughter's diagnosis more than 15 years ago.Michelle and her family received much-needed support from Telethon Speech & Hearing (TSH), a non-profit that offers essential early intervention and school support services. "The beginning of this journey is the hardest and darkest times in their lives. Inspired by her own experience, Michelle wanted to give back and started volunteering with TSH. She is now the Family Liaison Officer.Michelle has gone above and beyond supporting more than 2000 families over the past 13 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 Michelle is successful, up to eight families experiencing financial hardship will be able to attend Telethon Speech & Hearing's early intervention program.


Rach Mac

Broken Crayons Still Colour Foundation
Role model. Passionate. Caring

Domestic violence survivor Rach Mac won't let others suffer in silence. Rach founded the Broken Crayons Still Colour Foundation to help women formulate exit plans to escape and relocate. Once they do, she provides ongoing support. Rach arranges meals so families won't go hungry, and toiletries, clothing and furniture to help make their new home a sanctuary. Rach also provides much-needed emotional support, attending court as the women face their abuser in court. "I take victims and help make them empowered survivors," she says.

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 Rach is successful, the Broken Crayons Still Colour Foundation will use its grant to assist more women and children to escape and rebuild their lives.


Rebecca Evans

Western Australian Powerchair Football Association
Driven. Dedicated. Passionate

Rebecca Evans has nemaline myopathy and relies on an electric wheelchair to get around and a machine to help her breathe. Last year, Rebecca was named vice-captain of the Australian Under 21 Powerchair Football team, despite having played for only two years. She is also in the initial Poweroo squad for the 2021 Sydney World Cup. She is an enthusiastic member of several sports organisations and generous motivator of others. She is also a leader of the Youth Disability Advocacy Network. "I do what I do because helping people with disabilities is what I am passionate about," Rebecca says.

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 Rebecca is successful, the Western Australian Powerchair Football Association will use its grant to contribute towards the cost of a special sports wheelchair for children.


Sam Kaye

Ocean Heroes
Compassionate. Caring. Understanding

Cottesloe café owner Sam Kaye not only collects money for local charities, but he is a standout surfing volunteer for Ocean Heroes, where he is the go-to person for any child that needs extra care and compassion. Ocean Heroes holds free surfing events for people with autism spectrum disorder. The participants are paired with experienced surfers for an opportunity to experience the thrill of riding a wave. Sam has been volunteering at Ocean Heroes since 2017 and is known for the connection he builds with the participants, and parents appreciate his caring nature.

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 Sam is successful, Ocean Heroes will be able to put on additional events and will buy new surfboards.


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