Presenting your 2019 Westfield Local Heroes
We are excited to announce your three 2019 successful Westfield Local Heroes for Westfield Knox.
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 Knox Local Heroes are:
Hands Off Foundation
Compassionate . Dedicated . Energetic
Donna Jordan came up with the idea for the Hands Off Foundation during a kitchen table conversation about helping survivors of sexual assault to heal. Under her leadership, the foundation has grown into a charity that provides tangible emergency support in the form of necessary items and shopping vouchers. Donna coordinates fundraising and works with the Centre Against Sexual Assault to ensure each client receives what they feel will help them the most, not what has been selected for them. “Beneficiaries include children, men and women of all ages and backgrounds,” says Donna.
Dedicated . Selfless . Courages
Mel Spencer is a co-founder of Different Journeys, which fills a vital gap in support for older children, teenagers and adults with autism. Mel and her fellow committee members are in an excellent position to understand the needs of their members because most of them are on the autistic spectrum. The organisation stages regular events to help its nearly 400 members reduce social isolation and learn invaluable life skills. “My commitment has resulted in a support system for a community that would otherwise quite likely be quite misunderstood, underestimated and marginalised,” says Mel.
Stroke A Chord Choir
Passionate . Enthusiastic . Inspirational
Wendy Lyons started the Stroke A Chord Choir nine years ago when she noticed stroke survivors with no ability to speak could sing. The choir is a self-help group that offers people an opportunity to express themselves in a friendly environment.Wendy aims to show there can be life after stroke and it can be joyful. Wendy has recovered her voice after a stroke but she has lost the ability to interpret touch on her right side. “We strive to give people the opportunity to hear their voices again and express themselves through song,” says Wendy.
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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