Charities recognised as Innaloo Local Heroes

Joanne Beedie, Wayne Bradshow and Kiren Bigwood.
Joanne Beedie, Wayne Bradshow and Kiren Bigwood.

THREE charities are $10,000 better off after winning the support of Innaloo shoppers.

Trigg-based Little Things for Tiny Tots, Helping Little Hands in Wembley and Claremont’s The Fathering Project each received $10,000 as part of Westfield Innaloo shopping centre’s Local Heroes program.

The initiative encouraged people to nominate individuals who promote social wellbeing and harmony, then vote for the most deserving.

Wembley resident Joanne Beedie gave birth to son Lewis at 27 weeks and created Helping Little Hands along with her husband Scott and another couple whose twin boys were born prematurely.

The organisation support parents with a premature baby in King Edward Memorial Hospital and the funds will be used to provide home-cooked meals and snacks, help with household chores and fuel vouchers.

The Fathering Project member Wayne Bradshow, of City Beach, will use the $10,000 to expand its schools program.

“The main program is to create fathering groups in schools and opportunities for men to gather,” he said.

“We can impact about another 1000 dads and about 1700 kids. It also helps to support our volunteers -the champion dads who are the leaders in the schools.”

Storage is a challenge for Little Things for Tiny Tots, which Mullaloo resident Kiren Bigwood started to help babies in need.

She will use the grant to store items collected including clothing, blankets, nappies, wipes, bibs and toys that help families care for a baby in the first few weeks of life.

Centre manager Kate Holsgrove said there was an “overwhelming response” to the Local Heroes program.

“It’s incredible to see all the work that our community members are doing to support the people of Stirling,” she said.

“We hope to see their initiatives continue to benefit the local area and assist those in need.”