Community heroes in the spotlight
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.