Meet your local hero finalists

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Meet your local hero finalists

Read about your Westfield Local Hero finalists

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 successful 2019 nominees for Westfield Southland. Each of the affiliated organisations for the successful three heroes will be awarded a $10,000 grant to support their work to thrive. In total, Westfield will be awarding 120 grants across Australia and New Zealand – totalling $1.2 million.

Your Westfield Local Heroes will be announced here on 1 October

Your six finalists for Westfield Southland are:

Beau Arnfield

Spair Pair
Hardworking . Compassionate . Generous

Law student Beau Arnfield is doing his bit to change the world for the better. With his best mate, he co-founded social enterprise Spair Pair to help provide basic necessities for those in need. Their social enterprise sells high-quality, ethical, sustainable and locally made undergarments, and for every pair sold, an exact duplicate of the same product is provided to someone who is doing it tough. Last year Spair Pair launched a successful pre-ordering campaign, allowing the organisation to already help 500 people in need within their first two months. “It is our goal to allow people to see how easy it is to create meaningful change,” says Beau.

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 Beau is successful, Spair Pair will use the funds to expand its product range and develop partnerships with large businesses to have more impact.


Cynthia Pollak

Jewish Bereaved Parents Support Group
Dedicated . Thoughtful . Compassionate

After losing her son to a rare cancer, Cynthia Pollak was driven to help other grieving parents. She founded support group Jewish Bereaved Parents after realising only someone who has walked in the same shoes can understand the devastation parents feel. Cynthia encourages parents who have lost a child of any age to meet up at least once a week to share their feelings and get back into life through activities such as exercise classes, craft and toy-making for sick children. “We also help siblings who have lost their brother or sister,” she says.

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 Cynthia is successful, Jewish Bereaved Parents will pay for activities for members and their children and support those who have lost a breadwinner.


Donna Cartwright

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.

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 Donna is successful, Mums Supporting Families In Need will use its grant to fund the service for two months and support well over 300 families in crisis.


Kathlene Jones

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.

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 Kathlene is successful, the Prader-Willi Research Foundation Australia will use the funds to prepare a submission for the new treatment plan to present to government and other major donors.


Nataly Tormey

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.

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 Nataly is successful, The ParentMedic Movement will create a free portal where parents in need can log-in to access first-aid courses. It will also provide free face-to-face training for community groups.


Patricia Culliver

Kingston Active-Southland Striders
Advocate . Dependable . Inspiring

Patricia Culliver has the perfect combination of skills and patience to support the walkers of varying abilities at the twice-weekly sessions of the Kingston Active-Southland Striders After 16 years of dedication to the indoor walking group, she is acknowledged as the lead volunteer. Apart from the physical benefits, the sessions promote social connection, and Patricia is always on hand to welcome new walkers to introduce them to existing members. “People new to the area have joined us and now have new friends and new activities,” she says. “I ensure everyone feels part of the group.”

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 Patricia is successful, Kingston Active-Southland Striders will give itself a marketing boost to increase numbers and hire fitness instructors to add a session to its schedule.


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