Meet your Westfield Local Hero Finalists
In the first year of the Westfield Local Heroes program, we have received an overwhelming response and many heart-warming stories after asking the West Lakes community to nominate individuals who they believe promote social wellbeing and harmony in their communities.
We congratulate every one of our nominees and recognise the important contribution they make to the local community.
The community has now cast its vote, the outcome of which will determine the three successful 2018 Westfield Local Heroes for Westfield West Lakes. Each of their affiliated organisations will be awarded a $10,000 grant to support their work, program or activities.
The successful Westfield Local Heroes will be announced on 13 August.
Your six finalists for Westfield West Lakes are:
Denis Brien: West Torrens District Cricket Club Inc.
Dennis assists with the Young Eagles and Young Eagles Girls Academies for young cricketers aged 8-12. These academies provide a link for young people to develop their cricket skills in an age group where they cannot always participate at a Premier Club. The $10,000 Westfield Local Heroes grant would ensure the future of the Young Eagles Academies and allow Denis to retire knowing that his legacy will live on.
Benito Carbone: The Port Church Inc.
The purpose of Ben's work is to support and care for the local community through the provision and supply of basic needs, such as food and clothing, but more importantly to build relationships with those at a disadvantage in the community. Not only is Ben the driving force behind this program on a weekly basis, he also takes time out of his week to visit people, check on their welfare and offer support wherever possible. The $10,000 grant would go towards the purchase of a van as their current vehicle is more than 20 years old and the repair costs are starting to become prohibitive.
Anthony Forby: SMOSH West Lakes Junior Football Club
In just 2 short years Anthony has grown the SMOSH Girls Academy program from 1 team to include 100 female footballers, 8 coaches and countless more volunteers. Adding the female program to SMOSH has had an enormous impact on the club's culture and inclusiveness. If successful, the $10,000 grant would fund the construction of female changerooms and facilities.
Kylie O'Callaghan: Zahra Foundation Australia
Kylie is the Manager of the Zahra Foundation Australia which supports women & children experiencing or escaping domestic violence. The foundation provides financial counselling, small grants and programs to help women develop financial independence to help break the cycle of domestic & family violence. The $10,000 grant would enable the Zahra Foundation to purchase a vehicle to be used to travel to Regional SA to provide their valuable services to country communities.
Nikki Von Bertouch: Henley Surf Life Saving Club
Nikki is currently the Junior Manager at the Henley Surf Life Saving club and responsible for the education and development of their junior members who range in age from 5 through to 14. Nikki heads a committee which ensures that Henley Life Saving Club has a program to teach children the skills that allow them to enter the water knowing the risks and how to manage them. The grant of $10,000 would be spent on new training equipment and craft for the club’s Juniors and Youth members, and to implement initiatives to keep Youth members engaged in life saving.
Loretta Zemetis: Flinders Park Football Club
Loretta has volunteered 3-4 nights a week for more than a decade at the Flinders Park Football Club. The ongoing benefits Loretta brings to the club include training new groups of junior canteen staff each season, inviting club members to be involved setting up fundraising activities and creating new ways to raise money for the club. The $10,000 grant would be used to improve facilities to accommodate the expanding number of families involved in Flinders Park Football Club which would include upgrading the clubrooms.