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Vote now for your 2021 Westfield Kotara Local Hero

The local finalists for the 2021 Westfield Local Heroes community recognition and grants program have been announced. Now in its fourth year, the program will see each Westfield centre award three $10,000 individual grants to organisations that are making a positive impact to the local community or environment. 

The Local Heroes program is all about shining a light on homegrown businesses and organisations who inspire the community with the program recognising and promoting community role models whose work or activities create positive benefits for others. This years’ finalists represent a broad range of sectors including emergency services, registered community groups, sporting clubs, not-for-profit, schools, authorities and the local environment.

See below the 2021 Westfield Local Heroes finalists and Vote Now.

Amy Harvison

Top Blocks Foundation: Top Blokes Foundation’s Head of Programs & Operations, Amy Harvison encourages thousands of young boys and men to look after their mental health and avoid risky behaviours. She uses her extensive knowledge to develop mentoring programs that help at-risk boys and young men become future leaders.

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Ann-Maria Martin

Survivors R Us Incorporated: Ann-Maria Martin founded Survivors R Us in 2017 to provide much-needed support for women experiencing domestic violence and others needing help to piece their lives back together.

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Christine Jones

LIVEFree Project: Christine (Chris) Jones lives by the motto “always room for one more” and has dedicated her life to serving her local community for decades. Chris is the founder of the LIVEFree Project.

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Justine Russell

Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW: Justine Russell has dedicated the past 10 years to helping vulnerable young people turn their lives around with mentoring, education and support. Justine works and volunteers at the Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC).

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Lisa Greissl

Cure Cancer Australia Foundation: Lisa Greissl has devoted the past five years to raising over $110,000 for Cure Cancer while juggling a young family and paid work.

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Luke Connors

Talk2mebro: Luke Conners started Talk2mebro in the Newcastle area in 2019 with the goal to end suicide. Teaching emotional resilience, active listening skills to support others and providing the resources to get support for yourself or others.

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To recognise and celebrate those who support your local community visit Westfield Local Heroes to cast your vote.

Voting closes 30 August