Presenting your 2021 Westfield Local Heroes
We are excited to announce your three 2021 successful Westfield Local Heroes for Whitford City.
Each of the affiliated organisations of the successful heroes will be awarded a $10,000 grant to support their work to thrive. Westfield will award 126 grants across Australia and New Zealand – totalling $1.26 million.
In early 2022, we will open nominations for the 2022 Westfield Local Heroes program, so start thinking about those people in your communities who make a difference.
For further information or to discover the Westifield Local Heroes at other Westfield centres, click here.
Your three Westfield Whitford City Local Heroes are:
Cycling Without Age Sorrento
Dedicated. Selfless. Amazing
Alanagh Godderidge has gone above and beyond to help seniors at risk of social isolation through Cycling Without Age Sorrento. Founding this local initiative, now working with 27 other volunteers she now provides daily, free rides on a specially made Trishaw along our coast between Hillarys and Trigg.
Soul Gestures Inc
Selfless. Passionate. Kind
Catherine Kolomyjec co-founded the charity Soul Gestures to inspire young people to perform acts of kindness and realise their potential. They rose to the challenge during a difficult 2020, delivering goodies to raise the spirits of exhausted nurses and people in need, including 420 crew quarantined on a cruise ship.
Fostering Hope Australia
Amazing. Irreplaceable. Dedicated
Fostering Hope Australia volunteer Teresa Tucker has opened her heart and home to many foster children over the past 14 years and is always available at a moment’s notice to take an emergency placement. In addition, she gives her time at the charity’s store, which provides carers with free food, clothing and other essentials.
We congratulate our finalists and recognise the important contribution they make to the local community.
Greg Hire from A Stitch in Time
Professional basketball player Greg Hire started A Stitch in Time to save lives after a close friend tried to take their own life. His charity has reached 17,500 people through 318 psychologist-led mental health workshops that encourage people to seek help when they are struggling.
Philip Couper from The Pantry WA
Philip Couper has been volunteering with The Pantry WA for six years, helping vulnerable people put food on the table. Last year, he and a dedicated team of volunteers fed over 68,000 locals.
Vicky Young from Dandelions WA Inc
Retired police officer Vicky Young has helped distribute an astonishing $150,000 worth of essentials to people doing it tough in the few short months since she helped co-found Dandelions WA. The non-profit has helped over 3000 people, distributing hundreds of kindness kits full of toiletries and gifting hundreds of children a backpack of school supplies.
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