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 Warringah Mall. 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 Warringah Mall are:

Alison Harrington

Moove & Groove by discoDtours
Passionate . Creative . Tenacious

Alison Harrington has used her entrepreneurial skills and a passion for philanthropy to set up a silent disco program that engages more than 200 Northern Beaches seniors in healthy and enjoyable weekly activities. The participants aged 65 to 90 have a ball listening to familiar tunes played through wireless headphones as the Moove & Groove instructors get them dancing. The ultimate purpose is to create moments of joy for older Australians, their carers and families, says Alison.“While our classes deliver benefits to all seniors, we also have a program which specifically caters for people with dementia.”

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 Alison is successful, Moove & Groove by discoDtours will invest in two sets of kit and train two more instructors on the Northern Beaches as well as enhance the online program.


Andrea Hogan

Northern Beaches Women's Shelter
Radiant . Questing . Selfless

Andrea Hogan loves living in Manly with her family. She also has a strong social conscience and a desire to help others. So, in 2009, she and a few friends formed The Sisterhood; a group of women who meet quarterly to support each other, have fun and raise funds for charity. One of the charities is the Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter, which relies heavily on The Sisterhood. “We actively assist at a grassroots level to allow the wonderful women running the shelter to provide the services necessary to support the women in need,” says Andrea.

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 Andrea is successful, Northern Beaches Women's Shelter will retrofit its bathrooms with safety features such as free-standing showers instead of baths.


Eleni Psillakis

Brazengrowth
Passionate . Inspiring . Determined

Health Educator and Fitness instructor Eleni Psillakis is using her experience of recovering from severe depression and anorexia nervosa to help others who are facing challenges. Through her business, Brazengrowth, she supports mental health at Walk and Talk exercise and chat sessions in Dee Why, where people enjoy the non-judgmental environment. She also runs workshops that help the Northern Beaches community support people suffering from mental illness and those at risk of eating disorders. “Turning my experiences into positives where I can help others has given me a renewed sense of purpose,” says Eleni, who promotes physical, mental and social health.

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 Eleni is successful, Brazengrowth will buy an unlimited community license to present the suicide-prevention video Behind the Smile and also fund community events.


Laura Hamilton

Avalon Youth Hub
Intuitive . Dynamic . Kind

Laura Hamilton has a special rapport with young people and takes personal responsibility for their wellbeing.As Community Engagement Manager at the Avalon Youth Hub, she is often the first port of call for those aged 12 to 25 in need of support, and she sensitively ensures they are connected with the right service.She also consults widely so young people have a say about the services and workshops on offer. “All the areas we focus on are driven by young people for young people,” says Laura, who has a degree in counselling and communication.

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 Laura is successful, the Avalon Youth Hub will put the grant towards projects such as meditation and mindfulness sessions, the youth advisory group and videography and photography workshops.


Laura O'Reilly

Fighting Chance Australia
Passionate . Entrepreneurial . Determined

Laura O'Reilly’s brother Shane had profound cerebral palsy and inspired her to fight against the commercial exclusion of people with disabilities.
Although Shane was a dynamic young man with computer skills, there were desperately limited post-school opportunities for him.
Laura and her other brother, Jordan, set about creating a business that could support Shane to reach his potential. Sadly, Shane died in 2011.
Their goal lives on in Fighting Chance, of which Laura is CEO.
The non-profit organisation collaborates with others to build sustainable social enterprises to provide opportunities to people with disabilities.

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 Laura is successful, Fighting Chance will invest in new computer and video conferencing equipment.


Terry Cornick

Mr Perfect
Empathetic . Motivated . Passionate

Terry Cornick felt uneasy when a friend teased him about being Mr Perfect and having it all. The friend did not know his history or his problems, and Terry wasn’t sure how to talk about them, or the pressure men can feel to be perfect. Mr Perfect was born when Terry opened up to his mates in the pub, and they had their own troubles to share. It is a community that reduces isolation in men by arranging BBQ get-togethers where friendships can form and people can share their mental health story if they wish.

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 Terry is successful, Mr Perfect will use its grant to fund five locations to run BBQs for a year.


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