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Presenting your 2020 Westfield Local Heroes

We are excited to announce your three 2020 successful Westfield Local Heroes for Garden City.

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 42 trade areas across Australia and New Zealand. In 2020, we are awarding $1.26 million to 126 local organisations.

For further information on the Westfield Local Heroes program, click here.

Your three Westfield Garden City Local Heroes are:

Betty Taylor

Red Rose Foundation
Tenacious. Dedicated. Resilient

Betty Taylor has devoted 30 years to preventing domestic and family violence, playing a pivotal role in raising awareness and campaigning for better laws. As the volunteer CEO of the Red Rose Foundation, Betty raises awareness by holding a Red Rose Rally every time a Queensland woman or child loses their life to domestic violence. Betty offers women who have fled domestic violence emotional and financial assistance and supports them through gruelling court cases. “I do this work with passion and commitment that domestic violence must stop. We can do this,” Betty says.

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Chris Boyle

StandbyU Foundation
Compassionate. Respectful. Dedicated

Chris Boyle is transforming the lives of women and children at risk of domestic violence, with the help of a high-tech watch. He founded the StandbyU Foundation to harness the power of technology to protect these vulnerable families. In a world-leading approach, Chris programs individual safety plans into a $1000 safety watch. Once activated, it starts transmitting audio and the woman or child’s location so that family and friends included in the safety plan can take action. “Our charity is founded on the belief that the most vulnerable among us need protection and should never pay a cent for their safety,” Chris says.

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Scott Allen

Hillsong CityCare
Caring. Loving. Dynamo

Scott Allen’s passion for community work was ignited from the help and support he received from mentors who helped him overcome challenges of substance abuse during his teenage years. “I felt called to live a life in the service of others,” he says. Scott is the State Manager of Hillsong CityCare in Queensland and the Northern Territory and in his role he has been able to pilot and launch a wide number of programs and services to help vulnerable groups in our community. Scott is admired for his leadership skills, drive and compassion to help people. One of his first tasks upon taking on this role was to assist with the mobilisation of a volunteer army of 1000 people to help clean up and rebuild after the 2011 floods.

Find out more >

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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We would like to acknowledge one of our Westfield Local Hero alumni, Ron Ould, who sadly passed away early 2020.

Ron Ould was a valued member of the community and a dedicated volunteer for multiple organisations in Brisbane’s southside area.

You can read more about Ron and his work, click here.

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