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 Shire 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 Miranda. 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 Miranda are:
Paulo De Nobrega: Sutherland Titans Football Club
Passionate. Caring. Committed.
Paulo dedicates his time to assisting children with disabilities and special needs to be part of a sporting team. As a volunteer for the Sutherland Titans Football Club, Paulo acts as a coach, manager, committee member and sponsorship manager. Paulo is successful as a Westfield Local Hero, the $10,000 grant would continue to fund the club for another year, including equipment and facilities.
Callum Franciskovic: Top Blokes Foundation
Purposeful. Relatable. Empathic.
Callum dedicates his time to improving local young men’s mental health and well-being by supporting them to make healthier and safer life choices. As part of the Top Blokes Foundation, Callum runs workshops to help young males the build important life skills including conflict resolution, help-seeking and critical thinking. If Callum is successful as a Westfield Local Hero, the $10,000 grant will allow the program to expand to further schools in the Sutherland Shire area.
Danielle Lucas: Care 4 Kids
Courageous. Inspiring. Dedicated.
Danielle dedicates her time to creating care packs for local charity Care 4 Kids. These packs are delivered to police stations and provided to children who are victims of domestic violence. If Danielle is successful as a Westfield Local Hero, the $10,000 grant would help Care 4 Kids continue to supply much needed care packs to children affected by domestic violence.
Kirsty Mason: Dandelion Support Network Inc.
Selfless. Motivated. Supportive.
Kirsty dedicates her time to assisting disadvantaged families to ensure their babies and children have access to nursery items essential for their safety, well-being and development. As part of her role as toys and linen manager, Kirsty leads a team of volunteers to on a day to day basis, and assists at Donation Days to ensure the events run properly. If Kirsty is successful as a Westfield Local Hero, the $10,000 grant would allow Kirsty to assist a minimum of 76 disadvantaged families with items essential for their children.
Elizabeth O'Sullivan: Elouera Surf Life Saving Club
Caring. Committed. Selfless.
Elizabeth is a founding member of Elouera’s Yellow Fin Nipper Program, and dedicates her time to the set up and running of the program. Elouera Yellow Fins is an inclusive Nippers program that supports children on the autism spectrum and with other disabilities to learn about and benefit from important surf lifesaving lessons and skills. If Elizabeth is successful as a Westfield Local Hero, the $10,000 grant will be used to expand the program and further increase its scope.
Brook Stewart: Kingsway Community Care Inc
Tenacious. Selfless. Passionate.
Brook manages the delivery of temporary accommodation for homeless and families escaping domestic violence in the Sutherland Shire. As the Community Outreach Manager at Kingsway Community Care Inc, he is passionate about providing accommodation and service to homeless people, including children escaping violence and who have faced trauma. If Brook is successful as a Westfield Local Hero, the $10,000 grant will be used to provide hands on support for clients - referrals for medical help, assistance in paying rent or groceries, support in processing paperwork and budgeting training.