Presenting your 2019 Westfield Local Heroes
We are excited to announce your three 2019 successful Westfield Local Heroes for Westfield Miranda.
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 Miranda Local Heroes are:
Compassionate . Understanding . Caring
Kim Hiron knows firsthand that granting a sick child’s wish does more than create a special moment; it can help them heal. She has dedicated countless hours over many years to Make-A-Wish Australia and is a leader at the South Sydney branch. As a former Wish mum herself, she has experienced the positive impact wishes can have on children and their families.“My greatest joy is being able to help grant cherished wishes,” says Kim, a teacher and loves working with children and builds personal connections with the families she helps.
Humble . Genuine . Driven
Rob Cook is on a mission to supply healthy hot meals to hungry people in the Sutherland Shire, but his work is about more than food.Rob is a founding member of the Sutherland team at One Meal – It Makes a Difference, leading a group of volunteers who provide up to 60 meals a week to people experiencing homelessness.Food is just one aspect of the task. The volunteers also help patrons find services to get back on their feet.“Our ultimate aim is to assist and support our patrons to return to independence,” Rob says.
Shimmy Shakes Dance Studio
Strong . Generous . Amazing
Shantelle Tagg believes no one should be stopped from enjoying the magic of dance because of disabilities or a lack of money. She operates Shimmy Shakes Dance Studio, which keeps its fees low and welcomes dancers who cannot join regular classes. Her uniquely inclusive classes have sign language interpreters, a high staff to student ratio and a low-sensory environment designed for children who would be overwhelmed in conventional studios. “By creating an inclusive program, we aim to break down barriers for children with challenges,” says Shantelle, a former professional dancer whose oldest daughter is disabled.
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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