Presenting your 2019 Westfield Local Heroes
We are excited to announce your three 2019 successful Westfield Local Heroes for Westfield Marion.
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 Marion Local Heroes are:
Resilient . Passionate . Inspiring
After learning her daughter’s stillbirth could have been prevented, a devastated Claire Foord was determined to help prevent others from grief. She founded Still Aware in 2014 to raise awareness about stillbirth and prevent deaths through education and awareness. Claire travels the country, giving talks to parents and educating clinicians. Still Aware’s education and prevention programs are similar to international programs that have successfully been implemented and seen decreased stillbirth rates in the respective countries. “Australia must catch up. Every year we could be saving around 2200 babies’ lives,” says Claire, who also supports grieving families.
Altruistic . Committed . Humble
John Denholm created SA Brothers so men have somewhere to turn when they are struggling emotionally. SA Brothers uses social media to create a safe, non-judgmental space for men of all ages and walks of life to speak up, anonymously if wanted, when they need advice and support. The aim is to reduce the stigma around men’s mental health and help more than 18,000 members move forward with a more positive outlook. “I founded the group in 2017 after dealing with my own mental health issues and seeing the gap in the system,” says John.
Sammy D Foundation
Courageous . Dedicated . Passionate
After losing his son to violence, Neil Davis dug deep to save other families from similar grief.He founded the Sammy D Foundation in honour of his 17-year-old son who died from one unprovoked punch. Neil now tells his story through programs aimed at preventing violence and the harm caused by alcohol and other drugs. “No other family should have to suffer the loss of a child due to violence. As difficult as it is for me to talk about Sam’s story, the chance of saving just one life makes it all worthwhile,” he says.
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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