Westfield Living Centres across Australia and New Zealand have announced the Westfield Local Heroes grant recipients for 2020, as nominated and voted for by the local communities.
Every year, Westfield Living Centres across Australia and New Zealand each award up to three, $10,000 grants to deserving individuals and their organisations who dedicate their time to positively impact the lives of others. The Westfield Local Hero grants are awarded to further support the important contributions they make in their communities.
Earlier this year communities across Australia and New Zealand were called upon to submit nominations for everyday heroes they believe would benefit from the recognition before being put to a public vote. Over 140,000 votes were received from across the community for all finalists.
Speaking to the success of the 2020 Westfield Local Heroes program, Scentre Group National Community Experience Manager Pam Wilson said:
“Through the Westfield Local Heroes program, we continue to recognise and reward
everyday people doing extraordinary things within our communities. We are thrilled to be able to support the incredible work they are doing every day and it’s with great pleasure that we announce our 2020 Westfield Local Heroes grant recipients.”
“We thank our customers for casting their votes and helping determine our 2020 Westfield Local Heroes across our centres.”
The 2020 Westfield Local Heroes program ran across 42 Westfield centres throughout Australia and New Zealand, with 126 grants and a total of $1.26M awarded. The program applies to a variety of sectors, including business, sport, government, education, sports, welfare, environment, community and not-for-profit. The Local Heroes program will also return in February 2021.
Launched in 2018, the Westfield Local Heroes program discovers and celebrates individuals and their organisations whose work or activities create positive benefit for others in one or more of the following ways: nurturing a sense of belonging and inclusion, helping in times of community crisis, building community resilience, promoting positive health and wellbeing, improving access to community services and groups, and protecting the local environment. Over $3.6m has been donated to these groups and services in the last three years.