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Do you know a local who deserves to be recognised? 

The Westfield Local Heroes program is running for the second year in a row and all Canberrans are encouraged to get involved.

The aim of the program is to discover and celebrate locals and their affiliated organisations that promote social wellbeing and harmony within their community.

In 2018, the Westfield Local Heroes program awarded 120 grants around Australia and New Zealand which totalled at $1.2 million dollars. As nominations have already opened the program is counting on the community to nominate individuals who support the community through family, youth opportunity and inclusion.

“The program is about discovering those within the community who truly make it a better place and acknowledging them for the amazing work they do every day,” says Westfield Woden Centre Experience Manager Lora Radmilovic.

“We’re looking for everyday heroes who dedicate their time and passion towards improving wellbeing in our communities; from local sports coaches who volunteer their time to provide free coaching to disadvantaged children, to business who assist families to re-build their homes and lives after fleeing from domestic violence.”

As a whole, the programs is open to all avenues of leaders and industries. The nominations are all assessed and a short list is created with six finalists for each centre in Belconnen and Woden.

Then the community will become involved and will have the option to vote for the individuals that have qualities of the Westfield Local Heroes.

Once the community has chosen, three finalists from each centre will be given the title and awarded the $10,000 grant money to continue their important work.

Past winners have included a local youth outreach program that helps to educate at-risk teenagers and connect them with the workforce, a women’s refuge who support victims of domestic and family violence and a meal preparation and delivery service that delivers over 80,000 meals to those in need.

Nominations for the program are open and they will close Monday 8 April at 4 pm AEST.

See the website to nominate someone deserving now.

The voting period will commence on Tuesday 30 July from 9 am AEST and close Monday 12 August 4 pm AEST.

The announcement of the Local Heroes will be Tuesday 1 October. This will be done at the Westfield centres in Belconnen and Woden for their own individuals.

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