Presenting your 2019 Westfield Local Heroes
We are excited to announce your three 2019 successful Westfield Local Heroes for Mt Druitt.
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 Mt Druitt Local Heroes are:
Strong . Focused . Compassionate
Danny Mayson-Kinder’s world was shattered in 2016 when she lost her 12-year-old daughter, Billie, in a tragic horse accident. She has ensured Billie’s legacy lives on with the charity Flyhighbillie, which is dedicated to promoting empathy and compassion in children. “When our beautiful daughter died, we received thousands of messages saying how kind and empathetic she was. This means Billie's legacy has become one of kindness,” Danny says. Central to the charity’s mission is spreading a message to "B Kinder" (be kinder), a reference to Billie’s name and her compassionate nature. Flyhighbillie publishes interactive B Kinder workbooks for children, with proceeds going to charities. Sales of Billie's book, "Hope" and the B Kinder Workbooks have raised over $116,000. The purpose behind the message is to reduce mental health issues, bullying and suicide in school age children.
Rap 4 Change
Caring . Dedicated . Selfless
Ned Narouz knows from experience how vital a mentor can be for young people struggling through the juvenile justice system. As the founder of Rap 4 Change, Ned volunteers his time to help tackle substance abuse, self-harm, bullying and racism with music, creativity and sport. “I am able to build a good connection with the young people and help educate them on life skills and how to achieve success the right way,” says Ned, who was released from juvenile detention at the age of 17 and was lucky enough to find his own mentor.
Shalvey Community Centre
Amazing . Dedicated . Beautiful
Rosie Surace believes that everyone deserves to dance, no matter how much money you have. That’s why she volunteers her time to run Shalvey Community Dance for children from disadvantaged and migrant families around Mt Druitt. “Our goal is to run a safe haven for the community and give struggling parents the chance to allow their child to be a part of something amazing,” says Rosie, who is in her final year of an education degree. She took over the studio in 2016 when it had 24 students. Since then, it has grown to 150.
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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