Rebecca Law: Westfield Local Heroes 2019
Thoughtful food packs for people without a kitchen
Caring. Selfless. Committed
The plight of homeless people on the Central Coast touched Rebecca Law to such an extent that she founded a charity to help them.
Through the Shoebox Revolution, the part-time chef and full-time mum of two promotes social wellbeing by supplying care packs of food and other necessities to people who find themselves without a permanent home for even one evening.
The food is carefully selected to suit someone with no amenities and is intended to last 24 hours. Other items include feminine hygiene products, personal grooming products and comfort possessions such as socks.
“I’m just hoping to make a difference in our backyard while teaching our children empathy, kindness and compassion,” says Rebecca, who has lived on the Central Coast for most of her life.
She is humbled that her local community voted her a Westfield Local Hero. “It makes me feel that what we’re doing is a good thing and that other people think that we’re doing a good thing.”
Rebecca is the driving force behind the charity, which distributes 400 packs a month, either directly to recipients or via local services and other charities.
Despite a full work and home life, she manages to be available to assist at events that engage the homeless community she cares so much about.
She is always busy, picking up donations, packing essential items and delivering packs.
In addition to this, she spends many nights engaging socially with homeless people and always has an ear for a good story.
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. The Shoebox Revolution will use its grant to buy non-perishable food and other items for care packs and will be able to invest in better storage and packing facilities.
“The money will go a long way to helping us replenish our stocks of less-donated items such as deodorant and toothpaste,” says Rebecca.
“Fundraising is hard work, and we’ll be able to help more people with the money, especially over Christmas.”
For further information on the Westfield Local Heroes program, click here.