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Westfield Local Heroes

Westfield Local Heroes is a recognition and awards program that connects and enriches communities. The program discovers and celebrates individuals who make a positive impact to their local community by awarding a $10,000 grant for finalists' affiliated organisation to support their work and programs. 

We are pleased to announce that we have three finalists this year.

meet our finalists

Zoe Rehbein

Zoe is making life less stressful for families living with Neurofibromatosis (NF).

She understands how difficult it can be to navigate the medical system because her daughter Emme was diagnosed with NF a 9 weeks old.

Through her volunteer work with the Children's Tumour Foundation of Australia, Zoe has been a strong and empathetic advocate for families needing specialised support at the Queensland Children's Hospital. 

If Zoe is successful, the CTF will create a new patient registry to help identify both adults and children who would benefit from clinical and support services, as well as future research initiatives. 

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DonnA Roberts

Donna Roberts is a mum on a mission. 

When Donna discovered her daughter was being bullied about her appearance, she decided to take it upon herself to reduce the stigma surrounding NF.

Courageous and fearless, Donna began by connecting families through online support groups and in her local area. 

Thanks to her advocacy, she has helped bridge the gap between NF families and the broader community.

If Donna is successful, the CTF will use its grant to run a camp for kids with Neurofibromatosis as well as their siblings.

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Amy O'Rourke

Amy O’Rourke’s son William has Neurofibromatosis (NF), a condition that causes tumours to grow on nerves throughout the body.

As a mental health nurse, Amy’s first instinct has been to fight for greater understanding of the condition and to advocate for Will and other families living with NF.  

Despite being a busy Mum and working full-time for Queensland Health, Amy has dedicated her time to helping others understand NF, to fundraise for a cure and to support families of newly diagnosed children in particular. 

If Amy is successful, the CTF will create a new patient registry to help identify both adults and children who would benefit from clinical and support services, as well as future research initiatives.

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how to vote

The community vote for Westfield Local Heroes runs from 25 August to 14 September. Follow the steps to vote for your hero. One Email = One Vote!

  1. Click on the link of your chosen candidate
  2. Fill out the voting form
  3. Submit
  4. Share with your friends and family so that have the best chance of winning and ensuring these projects move forward.

It's as easy as that! Don't forget, you can only vote for once per email address. 

For more information about the program, visit www.westfield.com.au/local-heroes.  

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