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Six local heroes recognised

Six local heroes recognised

SIX local heroes are in the running to win $10,000 to continue their work in the community.

Whitford City shopping centre has announced its finalists of the Westfield Local Heroes campaign to promote social wellbeing and harmony.

Nominations needed for Westfield Local Heroes

Alex Wilson, of Red Frogs Australia, has been described as a “formidable leader with an ability to see the big picture”.

Alex Wilson, of Red Frogs Australia.

He works “around the clock” to provide a support network for university students and school leavers, from acting as the sober friend at parties and organising alcohol-free alternatives, to running first-year welcome seminars and helping kids with identity issues.

Cathy O’Brien is a volunteer for Share the Dignity, collecting donations of personal hygiene products for women experiencing domestic violence, homelessness or poverty.

Cathy O’Brien, of Share the Dignity.

She has worked to establish new collection points to increase donations, and as a result her local area was able to meet all the charity’s orders.

Fraser Griggs set up P2S Rugbyworks, which uses the values of rugby union to help disadvantaged young people reach their potential.

Fraser Griggs, of P2S Rugbyworks.

Spurred on by seeing his daughter bullied at school, he aimed to break the cycle of aggression by creating employment and mentoring opportunities for at-risk children.

Janine Wood co-founded No Limits Perth to return hope to people through random acts of kindness.

Janine Wood, of No Limits Perth.

The charity redistributes furniture, white goods, linen, toys and food to help people set up a place to live.

Mark Harrison, of Mullaloo Beach Community Group, dedicates his time to helping kids learn about coastal ecosystems while preserving the Mullaloo dunes for future generations.

Mark Harrison, of Mullaloo Beach Community Group.

He has also designed a strategy to eliminate the onion weed that threatens to destroy the 16ha dunes.

As a volunteer with Greyhound Adoptions WA, educator Liz Povah came up with the idea of introducing three greyhounds to Woodvale Secondary College as companion-therapy dogs for socially isolated children.

Liz Povah, of Woodvale Secondary College.

She was also instrumental in developing the school’s wellness centre, where students can visit the dogs during their break and learn about mindfulness, relaxation techniques and the power of positive thinking.

The community is now encouraged to vote for the three winners that will each receive a $10,000 grant.

Voting closes August 12 at westfield.com.au/local-heroes.

Winners announced October 1.