Presenting your 2019 Westfield Local Heroes
We are excited to announce your three 2019 successful Westfield Local Heroes for Tea Tree Plaza.
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 Tea Tree Plaza Local Heroes are:
SIDS and Kids SA
Life-saving . Selfless . Dedicated
Dorothy Crosby is on standby 24 hours a day to be there for strangers in their hour of need. She provides bereavement support to grieving parents and their families following the death of a child under the age of seven. “A child's death is one of the most devastating losses to experience and by being available to support and guide families during this crisis in their life, they are able to grieve safely and be supported for the duration of their need,” says Dorothy, who is a professional counsellor for SIDS and Kids SA.
Talk Out Loud
Trustworthy . Selfless . Caring
Stacey Mousley is a brave and resilient young woman who has had more than her share of adversity. But she’s determined to give back and dedicates her spare time volunteering, wanting to make a positive and lasting impact on her community. She lost her cousin and a close friend to suicide, and one of her passions is suicide prevention, so she volunteers at Talk Out Loud, where she helps provide a safe space for young people who are struggling with a crisis. “We also try and reach parents of children with mental health issues,” says Stacey.
The Village Co SA
Kind . Determined . Passionate
Stephanie Malan never set out to start a charity but, as a midwife, she could not stop herself from feeling heartbroken by new mums who did not have the essentials needed to care for themselves and their babies. Now the mother of two runs The Village Co SA from her family home, sourcing donations and distributing bags of necessities to close to 1,000 new mums a year. The grateful recipients are typically living with financial strain, domestic violence or mental illness. They may also be teenage mothers or refugees.
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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