Local Legend: Meet Christine Jones of the LIVEFree Project
Supporting your local community has never been more important, whether it’s ordering a coffee from your local café, checking in on your friends and family, or buying fruit and veg from your local grocer.
There are of course those people within our community who dedicate their every day, pandemic or no pandemic, to ensuring those most vulnerable are being taken care of. Christine Jones of the LIVEfree Project is one such person and has been doing so well before the pandemic hit.
Following almost 20 years of working with the community, in 2018 Chris officially launched the LIVEFree Project, which was created purely out of a desire to deliver genuine care, support, and connection to her community. Along the way Chris has built a team of supporters who have helped countless families and individuals via their on the ground support, programs, and services, some of which include;
- Doorstep Deliveries, essential goods delivered to community members in need or those who are vulnerable due to Covid-19.
- Inspire, an adult resilience and education program empowering women to move forward into a better life for themselves and their families.
- Smile and Thrive Dental Program, which facilitates regular dental appointments for vulnerable primary school students.
- Doorstep Wellbeing Visits, supporting community members who feel isolated and are not able to participate in the mental health check-ups and connection points that would normally be a part of their weekly support network due to Covid-19.
With 2020 and now 2021 proving a challenge for charities and not-for-profits to fundraise, Chris has introduced a variety of ways in which the local community can get involved including;
Become a grassroots sponsor of LIVEfree PROJECT by pledging to donate $21 every month in 2021. This sponsorship greatly helps to cover the cost of basic operations, allowing Chris and the team to focus on what they do best. More info here.
If you are another community service provider, organisation or business, chat to Chris about how you can work together. More info here
LIVEFree PROJECT has a variety of programs and services you can be a part of. More info here.
broken + restored
A local home decor store, that recycles, restores and repurposes used materials into unique home decor items. All profits from broken + restored go directly to the work carried out by Chris and her team. To shop click here
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In addition to all of the above you can vote for Christine who was announced as one of Westfield Kotara's finalists for the 2021 Westfield Local Heroes community recognition and grants program. Now in its fourth year, the program sees each Westfield centre award three $10,000 individual grants to organisations that are making a positive impact to the local community or environment.
To see all the finalists visit the Westfield Local Hero page and get voting.