Thank you for voting for your Westfield Local Hero

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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 Miranda are:

Amethyst Barnbrook

Expanding Influences
Inspiring. Courageous. Caring

Amethyst (Ame) Barnbrook helps more than 80 people with disabilities navigate the NDIS and gain access to the support they need. Ame is the co-founder of Expanding Influences, which she started in her spare room and has grown over the past three years to employ 15 people. Ame works day and night and often on weekends to help people in the Shire and other areas. Ame was a Westfield Local Hero finalist in 2020 and appreciates being nominated for a second time.

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 Ame is successful, Expanding Influences will put its funds towards a vehicle to offer COVID-safe transport to clients.

Ashleigh Daines

The Family Co.
Compassionate. Dedicated. Driven

The Family Co. CEO Ashleigh Daines does all in her power to ensure local children and families have a safe home, solid connections and opportunities to thrive. Ashleigh is a compassionate leader who has a sense of urgency in addressing community problems. Her team connect people with social workers, family therapists, educators and welfare workers who provide practical, culturally appropriate support.

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 Ashleigh is successful, The Family Co. will use its funds to enable 12 women to attend its Pathway of Change Domestic Violence Support Group.

Danielle Lucas

Care 4 Kids Ltd
Passionate. Selfless. Resilient

Danielle Lucas reminds hundreds of children a year that they are not forgotten by providing them with lovingly put together care packs to enjoy during a difficult time. Danielle founded her Care 4 Kids Ltd charity in 2016 and has made up and distributed thousands of care packs since then. She works with police stations around Australia and is in regular contact with social workers in Sutherland and with local women's refuges. Danielle was a Westfield Local Hero finalist in 2018 and appreciates being nominated for a second time.

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 Danielle is successful, Care 4 Kids Ltd will use its funds to create packs for children.

Denny Rowlands

Wanda Surf Lifesaving Club
Patient. Kind. Inclusive

Denny Rowlands is the driving force behind the Red Fins Nippers program that welcomes 37 children of all abilities to the Wanda Surf Lifesaving Club. The program accommodates the needs of every child, whose challenges include autism, physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, visual impairment and hearing loss. Thanks to Denny, Red Fins was the biggest inclusive program along the Bate Bay Beaches this Nipper season.

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 Denny is successful, Wanda Surf Lifesaving Club will use its funds to buy a beach wheelchair, modified Nipper boards, and subsidise the Nipper fees for cash-strapped families.

Emma Watts

The Daisie Chain
Dedicated. Relentless. Caring

Music and movement instructor Emma Watts is taking music, fun and healthy movement to people in aged care and disability services across the Shire. She started The Daisie Chain initiative three years ago to help people improve their physical and mental health and help facility staff connect with suitable entertainers and instructors for people in their care.

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 Emma is successful, The Daisie Chain will use its funds to market the online Moves for All program and launch their latest initiative, the Memories Book.

Geoff Vickers

Special Olympics - Sydney South
Generous. Humble. Outstanding

Humble Geoff Vickers has spent 25 years organising, supporting and volunteering for Shire-based athletes, with the last nine as chairman of Special Olympics - Sydney South for people with an intellectual disability. Geoff has a special place in his heart for all 120 Special Olympics athletes at the club, as well as the 60 volunteers. Thanks to him, the club is one of the best-run community organisations in Australia. Geoff was a Westfield Local Hero finalist in 2020 and appreciates being nominated for a second time.

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 Geoff is successful, Special Olympics - Sydney South will use its funds to provide uniforms and pay the costs of members who need financial support.


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