Presenting your 2019 Westfield Local Heroes
We are excited to announce your 2019 successful Westfield Local Heroes for Warringah Mall.
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 Westfield Warringah Mall Local Heroes are:
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.
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.
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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