Westfield Local Heroes 2019
Westfield Local Heroes is a recognition and awards program that connects and enriches communities in Australia and New Zealand. The program discovers and celebrates individuals who make a positive impact to their local community and/or environment.
For further information on the Westfield Local Heroes program, click here.
Mums Supporting Families In Need
Committed . Dynamic . Persistent
Donna Cartwright is a driving force when it comes to supporting families doing it tough. Despite the demands of a family, work and study, she has worked hard to raise the profile of Mums Supporting Families In Need, a volunteer-run organisation that has so far helped 20,000 families in crisis with high-quality food, clothes and baby items such as prams and cots. By growing Facebook followers by more than 12,000, Donna has attracted more volunteers and donations. “Our focus is ensuring no child goes without essentials,” she says.
The ParentMedic Movement
Passionate . Powerhouse . Generous
Nurse Nataly Tormey wants every parent to know how to save their child’s life but knows that many families cannot afford first-aid training. She started The ParentMedic Movement so parents and carers from all walks of life have access to training. An army of 70 licensed educators provides training to over 500 parents a month, including free to those in need. “Our training covers everything from rashes and safe sleep techniques to emergency first aid and CPR,” says Nataly, who organises free sessions for refugee groups, teen mothers, immigrants and other vulnerable groups.
Prader-Willi Research Foundation
Honest . Warm . Brave
Kathlene Jones gives parents hope as they care for children with a cruel genetic disease. After her daughter was born with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), she set out to improve treatment for children and adults, who have physical disability, cognitive impairment, crippling emotional imbalance, obesity and a life expectancy of just 30. Kathlene founded the Prader-Willi Research Foundation Australia, which has also generated community support for families affected by PWS. “This genuine pride, affection and support give our children confidence and self-esteem to participate and build friendships,” says Kathlene.
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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