Com­mu­nity heroes in the spot­light

Southern Telegraph - - Front Page - David Sal­vaire

A tire­less pri­mary school sup­porter, a strong ad­vo­cate for the home­less and a ded­i­cated dis­or­der-aware­ness cam­paigner have been named in the Lake­lands Lo­cal Heroes com­pe­ti­tion. As part of the Lake­lands Re­tail and Com­mu­nity Hub open­ing cel­e­bra­tions, the com­pe­ti­tion shines a light on peo­ple mak­ing a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion. The Tele­graph looks at fi­nal­ists Me­gan Turner, Ma Rollo and Am­ber Gilkes.

The Lake­lands Re­tail and Com­mu­nity Hub is due to open its doors to­day and will cel­e­brate by an­nounc­ing the win­ner of its Lo­cal Heroes cam­paign on Thurs­day.

Res­i­dents were asked to nom­i­nate some­one they thought was mak­ing a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity.

The list was nar­rowed down to three fi­nal­ists and now Lake­lands has asked Face­book friends to de­cide the win­ner.

Me­gan Turner, who works tire­lessly with the Lake­lands Pri­mary School Par­ents and Cit­i­zens As­so­ci­a­tion to raise funds, was named in the top three along­side Ma Rollo, who is work­ing to end home­less­ness in WA.

Am­ber Gilkes was named as a fi­nal­ist for her work in gen­er­at­ing aware­ness of XYY syn­drome and sup­port­ing suf­fer­ers, who are boys born with an ex­tra Y chro­mo­some.

Af­ter her son was di­ag­nosed with XYY syn­drome in 2014, Ms Gilkes be­gan a jour­ney to cre­ate aware­ness for the dis­or­der. Ms Turner said she was in­spired to lead by ex­am­ple within her com­mu­nity and through her role as pres­i­dent of the P&C.

Ms Rollo has been help­ing the home­less for more than five years with a fo­cus of get­ting peo­ple into safe ac­com­mo­da­tion.

As a vot­ing in­cen­tive, one voter will also be cho­sen at ran­dom and awarded a $250 Lake­lands voucher.

The hero with the most votes, to be an­nounced at the of­fi­cial launch to­mor­row, will win a $2500 Visa card.

Lake­lands re­tail man­ager Chris­tine Ger­st­mayr said the Lo­cal Heroes cam­paign was about recog­nis­ing the great peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

“We are join­ing their com­mu­nity so it’s im­por­tant for us to get to know them bet­ter,” she said.

Ms Ger­st­mayr said the cen­tre would in­clude a Coles su­per­mar­ket, a Kmart dis­count depart­ment store, an Aldi su­per­mar­ket, a Coles Ex­press, and 38 spe­cialty food and ser­vice stores, with spa­ces still avail­able.

An artist’s impression of the pro­posed of the hub.

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