Meet your Westfield Local Hero Finalists
In the first year of the Westfield Local Heroes program, we have received an overwhelming response and many heart-warming stories after asking the Liverpool community to nominate individuals who they believe promote social wellbeing and harmony in their communities.
We congratulate every one of our nominees and recognise the important contribution they make to the local community.
The community has now cast its vote, the outcome of which will determine the three successful 2018 Westfield Local Heroes for Westfield Liverpool. Each of their affiliated organisations will be awarded a $10,000 grant to support their work, program or activities.
The successful Westfield Local Heroes will be announced on 13 August.
Your six finalists for Westfield Liverpool are:
Danielle Begg: The Yoga Impact Charity
Dedicated. Selfless. Vibrant.
The Yoga Impact Charity, an organisation that partners with not for- profits, schools and government to provide trauma sensitive yoga classes to groups healing from torture and trauma. As the Co-Founder and CEO of The Yoga Impact Charity, Danielle is responsible for the establishment, delivery and evaluation of trauma sensitive yoga programs within schools, not-for-profits and government. If successful, the $10,000 grant would allow The Yoga Impact Charity to offer 10 groups of refugees in South West Sydney a yoga program for one term. This would allow around 150 men, women and children healing from trauma to access improved psychological and physical wellbeing and the opportunity to be connected to a supportive group.
Grace Fava: Autism Advisory and Support Service
Passionate. Determined. Empathetic.
Grace works to empower children and adults with Autism and their families through knowledge and support. She works with families to assist them through their journey with Autism, provide access to therapies to aid in the development of skills and management of behaviours to improve outcomes for people with Autism and work toward a better quality of life. Grace works tirelessly to help and support families by attending school meetings, meeting with families, arranging services, advocating for funding, and fundraising to ease the significant financial burden families face in providing therapies for their children. Is successful, the $10,000 grant would be used to provide subsidized or free therapy services to people with Autism who do not attract funding through the NDIS or are on a waiting list for funding.
Pat Hall: Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections
Passionate. Committed. Tireless.
To empower women and their families through the education, employment and mentoring of disadvantaged women in the Liverpool LGA. Pat started the first social enterprise, Pepper's Place, over five years ago and personally oversees all the rosters, works with Wetherill Park TAFE to run the hospitality courses, promotes the project to raise money for scholarships for the project, monitors all the profit and loss of the enterprises, identifies women who would most benefit from employment in the enterprises, organises mentors and advocates for the women wherever she can with issues that affects their life and their children's lives. If successful, the $10,000 grant would go towards scholarships for 2 disadvantaged women by providing them with access to a TAFE Safe Food Handling and Barista course and then guaranteed employment for three hours per week for twelve months in Pepper's Place Café or Pepper's Place School
Rick Herrera: SWAG Family Sydney
Humble. Reliable. Honest.
SWAG Family Sydney is a not-for-profit, grass roots operation that feeds the homeless & struggling families in Liverpool. SWAG has no government assistance. Funds are raised and food is supplied by donations from community members. Rick Herrara drives the SWAG Family van and brings tables, a gas stove and utensils to the dinners. Rick cooks and organises for food to be cooked or donated and delivers it. Rick organises nights off the street for homeless people and organises donations and the packing of food hampers and toiletries bags. If successful, the $10,000 grant would allow the program to get much needed food supplies for the homeless & struggling families, warm blankets & sleeping bags for the winter months & repairs to the van.
Jackie Lee: Make-A-Wish Australia
Spirited. Humble. Committed.
As part of the Make-A-Wish South West Sydney Branch, Jackie Lee has worked tirelessly to grant wishes to seriously ill children with life threatening illnesses in the Liverpool region for over a year since their branch was established to keep up with the influx of wish applications. Jackie is involved during all stages of a child’s wish journey, the wish capture, wish planning, anticipation phase & granting of the wish. If successful, the $10,000 grant would support the current 4 active wishes in the South West Sydney region so any grants received by Jackie will be applied to individual wishes of wish children in their local communities.
Linda Margie: South West Community Transport Ltd
Dedicated. Caring. Involved.
The purpose is to provide advice and assistance to utilise the transport networks within their local area. Linda provides the necessary training, coaching and then accompanies participants when they travel to help them with planning their travel, determining the most suitable travel type for their ability, obtaining and understanding timetables, acquiring the necessary Opal cards and the discounts available, preparing for and utilising access points that are suitable to their ability. Linda determines the participant's requirements, tailors and coordinates a one to one intensive training program to best suit their travel needs. If successful, the $10,000 grant would support a greater provision of the training service by developing more literature to create awareness of the service, create an avenue to publish that information to the community and assist Linda to develop more resources to deliver the training utilising the same techniques she has developed to great effect.