Presenting your 2019 Westfield Local Heroes
We are excited to announce your three 2019 successful Westfield Local Heroes for St Lukes.
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 three Westfield St Lukes Local Heroes are:
Voices of Hope
Passionate . Visionary . Selfless
Genevieve Mora life’s mission is to help others by sharing her story of fighting anorexia nervosa, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder during her teen years. Aged 24, she is a co-founder of Voices of Hope, which promotes mental well-being and recovery. The organisation supports young local people, works within the community to destigmatise mental illness and produces internet videos that tell healing stories to an international audience. “If sharing my story and vulnerability can help make someone else's journey easier, then my years of fighting my own mind were so worth it,” says Genevieve.
Committed . Passionate . Humble
In two years, Nicholas (Nick) Loosley has saved 15 tonnes of good food from landfill and provided more than 15,000 restaurant-quality meals to people who could not afford to pay. Thousands more have paid a reduced rate at his Everybody Eats restaurant or have paid enough to help subsidise others’ meals. The volunteer-run restaurant promotes connection by using communal tables and breaks down social barriers with people from all walks of life enjoying a meal together. “We invite anyone and everyone to join us, and they all get treated and served equally,” says Nick.
Global Hope Missions
Determined . Dedicated . Selfless
Peter Leilua left the security of his full-time position at the Department of Justice to work in community and youth development with Global Hope Ministries. Supported by his wife, Tiliilagi, his work involves after-school programmes, health workshops, academic mentoring, home visits and connecting youth and families to social services for help. Their team also advocates for local people at the courthouse and school board meetings. “I knew it was going to be challenging, especially when both Tiliilagi and I have left our full-time jobs,” says Peter. “But we believe it will benefit the whole community.”
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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