Meet the Best of the West heroes

See the WA individuals and community groups that have been rewarded for their efforts through best of the West brought to you by Bankwest and 9News.

Birthdays From the Heart

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Samantha Judd is a Perth mum who brings together disadvantaged kids across Perth to help celebrate their birthdays. Identified from women's refuges and counselling services, each child gets a personalised birthday cake, gifts, party food and loot bags – enough so they can also invite friends to celebrate with them.

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Swan Suburbs Rugby Union

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The club offers free membership to all children aged five to 12 years who live local to the 6056 community. Money, time and travel seem to be some of the biggest hurdles to keeping kids in sports and off the streets. The club relies on the kind support of many volunteers and local businesses to help encourage, inspire and motivate the players to strive to be their absolute possible best.

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Christmas Cheer Box

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This is a local Perth charity that fills shoe boxes with goodies and necessities for adults, who are often overlooked in favour of children at Christmas time. Renee Whitcher started the initiative through Facebook, and with the help of a group of friendly volunteers, makes sure every donated box is topped up with love.

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Ben Reilly

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Ben Reilly was a fit, young and healthy teacher, but last year he was delivered a shock diagnosis. He’s got MND and chose to video his days living with the disease in the hope it will inspire others and build awareness.

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Glenise Varvell

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Glenise sews fabric bags from her humble home to help ill children across Western Australia carry important medical supplies during their hospital stay. These bags – as well as the dedication from volunteers at Radio Lollipop – help these children tune out and put a smile on their face.

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WA Powerchair Football Association

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WA Powerchair Football Association is a community based, non-profit association run by players and committed volunteers. They host the WA league of powerchair football – a modified version of soccer to suit electric wheelchairs, which many people use for daily life.

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Angi McCluskey

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Angi created Forget-Me-Not Café for dementia support when she discovered a lack of community led groups to support families. Forget-Me-Not cafés encourage carers and their partners to coexist in a social atmosphere with no fear of embarrassment, misunderstandings, or judgement as they share a morning coffee with others who are travelling down the same road.

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Leah Atkinson

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Leah started Operation Sunshine WA in her kitchen, rallying together Christmas gifts for foster care children. She now delivers 1,900 special care packages to children who have recently entered foster care. Operation Sunshine exists to bring happiness to the lives of children and young people in out-of-home and crisis care across Western Australia.

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