Pradeep Tiwari has been a member of the West Footscray community for over 30 years. President of the West Footscray Traders Association, Pradeep has spent much of his time giving back to his local community, playing an instrumental role in hosting a range of events in West Footscray – including the Festival of Colours and Christmas Carols – to bring people together to celebrate.
After seeing the impact the COVID-19 pandemic was having on members of his community, Pradeep started a free grocery delivery service for older people and those living with a disability in the City of Maribyrnong, working with other community organisations to provide groceries and essentials to over 300 recipients.
Pradeep is always willing to go above and beyond to support those who need a helping hand, whether it is his fellow traders, local West Footscray residents, or the broader Maribyrnong community.
Belle Hadiwidjaja - Princess on Skates
Unable to put on her ice skates during the pandemic, Belle Hadiwidjaja, founder of Princess on Skates, instead strapped on her roller skates and took to the streets of Yarraville and surrounds for her daily exercise. Belle was roller dancing to music around local parks and the community loved watching her skate.
What began as a way to enjoy some fresh air and physical activity during lockdown became an opportunity to bring smiles and cheer during a time when many were unable to connect with others.
She regularly skated through the neighbourhood dressed in elaborate costumes, which ranged from dinosaurs and princesses to fairies, butterflys and even a cow. This brought joy and laughter to those around her, improving the wellbeing of the community at a time when families were stuck at home for most of the day.