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.
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Exuberant . Patient . Caring
Guitar in hand and an enthusiastic smile on his face, Bryan Dorfling is the kind of role model you want on a youth camp. The Camp Breakaway youth leader connects with people through his love of music; removing barriers and encouraging people to socialise and join in activities. Dorf, as he likes to be known, volunteers at every camp and shares his love of life with children and adults with disabilities, children with high medical needs, young carers and disadvantaged youth. “I love putting a smile on people’s faces,” he says.
Central Coast Kids in Need
Selfless . Caring . Incredible
Retired hairdresser Rhonda Doyle volunteers for 30 hours a week at Central Coast Kids in Need, where she and 17 others help the families of seriously ill children who must travel to Sydney or Newcastle hospitals for treatment. The need is high and growing. The charity has helped more than 2500 families since Rhonda joined 16 years ago and has raised and distributed more than $3 million. “I call it my love job,” says Rhonda, whose title is treasurer but is effectively the co-team leader with her sister Lorraine, the charity’s secretary.
Caring . Selfless . Committed
The plight of homeless people on the Central Coast touched Rebecca Law to such an extent that she founded a charity. Through the Shoebox Revolution, the part-time chef and full-time mum supplies care packs of food and other necessities to people in need. 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,” Rebecca says.
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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