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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 Mt Druitt are:

Darryl Hamilton

Mt Druitt Police Area Command
Generous. Respected. Invested

Darryl Hamilton has helped young people in the Aboriginal and broader community towards a brighter future as a volunteer with the Mount Druitt Police Area’s Breaking Barriers program. The early morning physical training sessions alongside police breaks down barriers and builds self-esteem. It has reduced the number of youth in contact with the justice system.

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 Darryl is successful, the Mount Druitt Police Area Command’s Breaking Barriers program will use its funds to buy more gym equipment to stay COVID-safe.

Donalee Rose

Hearing Australia
Nurturing. Passionate. Joyful


Donalee Rose helps many Western Sydney people with hearing loss enjoy the sounds they love again through her work with Hearing Australia. She is usually the reassuring first point of contact for people attending a hearing test at the mobile hearing van and local pop-up care and education kiosks and is proud to start people on their hearing journey.

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 Donalee is successful, Hearing Australia will use the funds to run more free silent discos in Mount Druitt for all ages, which are fun inclusive events & highly successful at raising awareness of hearing health and available support.

Dr Faryal Zehra

Little Helpers on the Run
Tireless. Determined. Unrelenting

Dr Faryal Zehra has recruited an army of enthusiastic children to bring kindness to the community through her non-profit Little Helpers on the Run. The children have completed over 4000 kindness projects, which improve the physical and mental wellbeing of the elderly, isolated, homeless and children and families in need. The children volunteers also improve their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

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 Faryal is successful, Little Helpers on the Run will use these funds to expand existing community projects and establish new initiatives, connecting Aged Care Facility residents and school children in the local community.

Emma Smith

Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency
Empathic. Dedicated. Passionate

Emma Smith has smoothed the path for countless school-aged immigrants in her five years with the Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency. The busy full-time university student finds time to volunteer with the non-profit’s youth mentoring program for disadvantaged high school students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who are at risk of dropping out.

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, Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities will use its funds to support the mentoring program, including three educational excursions and job readiness workshops.

Jay Tobin

Whitelion Youth Agency Ltd
Understanding. Strong. Dedicated

Jay Tobin has made an enormous difference in the lives of at-risk youth during his four years with the Whitelion Youth Agency, with many now in secure employment thanks to his help. Jay is a youth worker with the non-profit. He assists disengaged youth to complete a hospitality program at the organisation’s work-experience café. With Jay’s support, 93 participants have completed their Certificate III in Hospitality, and 45 have found a job.

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 Jay is successful, Whitelion Youth Agency will use its funds to subsidise the cost of an additional six young people in the hospitality program and 288 hours of paid work experience.

Solomone fotu

Rap 4 Change
Passionate. Dedicated. Caring

Solomone Fotu has shown many at-risk young people how they can build a positive future through his volunteer work with Rap 4 Change. The non-profit works with teenagers and young adults who are dealing with unemployment, substance abuse, self-harm and other issues. Solomone and the other volunteers encourage good choices through school-wellbeing programs, hip-hop lessons, mentoring and sporting activities.

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 Solomone is successful, Rap 4 Change will use its funds to run a leadership program for 20 at-risk people to help them into education or full-time employment.


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