Celebrating 6 years of Westfield Local Heroes

Over the past six years the Westfield Local Heroes program has contributed almost $7.4 million* in grants to more than 700 community organisations.

*Grants reported in AUD.

Meet some of the Westfield Local Hero alumni

Helping men to heal

Reducing isolation for deaf people

Matt Brown

Natasha Jumelet

She Is Not Your Rehab

Deaf Wellbeing Society Incorporated

Natasha Jumelet co-founded Deaf Wellbeing Society 7 years ago with the sole purpose of empowering deaf people and reducing isolation. 

Matt Brown is working hard to end the cycle of domestic and family violence.

"[The Westfield Local Heroes program is] a very rewarding experience and a great windfall to help organisations to continue to deliver or expand their programs.”

- Karen Knuckley, Westfield Local Heroes alumni

from Story Dogs

More amazing Westfield Local Heroes alumni

Saving lives in challenging conditions

Helping young women

Showing love with food

Makerita Siaosi

Paul Robinson

Anne Riley

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust 

A Girl Called Hope

Kai Avondale

Generous Anne is the face and heart of Kai Avondale, a collective of free food initiatives available to all in the community. 

Armed with a hearty laugh and a steadfast belief in people's potential, Makerita is the ideal person to help young women through times of crisis.

For rescue helicopter pilot Paul, night shifts, extended time away from family and cancelled leave are the norm as he selflessly puts others first to save lives.


Revolutionising fundraising 

Teaching the joy of music

Making sacrifices 

Mitch Shaw

Brenda Spicer

Peter Leilua

UpstreamNZ & CDN Trust

Papakura Music School 

Global Hope Missions  

Brenda has been a volunteer President at Papakura Music School for several years, where she is a role model for the community with her generous dedication to the children.

Peter left the security of his full-time position at the Department of Justice to work in community and youth development with Global Hope Ministries.

Mitch has developed a revolutionary social enterprise that generates funding for children and youth charities. 

"I am very humbled to have received this award and to have Westfield’s support behind the work I do means a huge amount."

- Clementine Hartson from ProjectKindness,

Westfield Eastgardens Local Hero 2022

Driving positive impact

Almost $7.4 million** over 6 years

**Westfield Local Hero grants are provided in Australian and New Zealand dollars. Total grants since 2018 worth $AUD7,383,300.

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