An inspirational swim coach, a men’s mental health advocate, a volunteer bringing waves of joy to disabled surfers and tireless toilers for local school and nipper kids are united in their passion to make the community a better place.
They also have another thing in common. They are all Henzells Heroes!
As a proud part of the local community for more than 85 years, Henzells Agency are very thankful to the many people who go above and beyond, volunteering their time and efforts so others can shine.
This is one of the reasons why we launched our Henzells Heroes campaign to uncover five worthy local heroes who give so much, yet ask for so little in return as nominated by you! And, as a big thank you for their efforts, they each received a well-deserved $500.
And the winners are...
Jodie is an inspirational figure in Sunshine Coast sport, selflessly offering her time and expertise to motivate, educate and train young swimmers. The sacrifices she makes in order to give back to the community, instilling the healthy values of teamwork, perseverance and fun in our up-and-coming youth is greatly valued.
Sam is the founder of the mateship movement, Grab Life By The Balls, a space for men to connect rather than go through life in loneliness. He selflessly spends his time travelling around the state, hosting events, sharing his story and bringing people together.
Two years ago, Sam's nominator was one of the many to benefit from the program and they are now both helping change other people’s lives for the better. Sam's amazing work is certainly creating a positive ripple effect across the community.
Kellie is the heart and soul of the Golden Beach State School community. As president of the P&C, she volunteers an enormous amount of time supporting the school such as running the tuckshop, organising BBQs and events, and so much more. On top of this, she is always campaigning to raise funds to ensure the kids enjoy the best school environment possible. Kellie is someone who goes above and beyond to help the community and is a true local hero.
Mark has been a driving force behind Disabled Surfers Sunshine Coast for eight years now, and the group’s president for the past six years. He puts in the hard work, organising fundraising activities and running the events, which are free to all surfers.
Mark continually volunteers his time to ensure the charity has the required permits, all equipment is safe and ready to use, and that team leaders are trained and meet government requirements. His reward is seeing everyone at the events have a fantastic time.
Ann dedicates huge amounts of her spare time fundraising to help support the local Mets Caloundra nippers. Her sons may not be nippers anymore, however she continues to go the extra mile to help out. Ann spends six hours every weekend selling raffle tickets to raise funds for the nippers to go to events including the Australian championships in Perth next year. In addition, Ann teaches the nippers respect, honesty and important life skills such holding well-mannered conversations with patrons and supporters of the club. Ann is an excellent role model in the community and her efforts are greatly appreciated.
Overall, we wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in our campaign, and an extra big thank you to all our Henzells Heroes for enriching the lives of everyone around them and making the Sunshine Coast a better place.