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Humble Heroes line the lake


They’re donating profits, delivering meals, teaching new skills and quietly making a positive difference in the community.  

They are the people Lake Macquarie City Council have labelled its Humble Heroes. 

And, for the remainder of November, these are the locals who will have their stories celebrated on the lake’s edge. 

From now, a photographic portrait of each “hero” will be on display along the Warners Bay and Toronto foreshores until 28 November. 

Each of the nine images will be accompanied by a QR code linking to the stories behind the faces. 

Young Citizen of the Year Xavier Neil, whose soap-making business sends proceeds to support cancer research, veteran Meals on Wheels volunteer Jean Thirkettle and council’s community development officer Emilie Wiggers are among the faces that will feature in the exhibition. 

Lake Mac mayor Kay Fraser said the latest installation followed the success of the Humble Heroes exhibit in 2021. 

“We’re fortunate to have so many passionate, dedicated people making Lake Mac a better place,” she said. 

“This is a small way we can show our appreciation and shed some light on the people whose efforts should be applauded by everyone.” 

The Humble Heroes of Lake Macquarie is touted as celebrating those “who are quietly making a positive difference in our community. The people who make things happen – the big or little, the visible and invisible”. 

Josh Sattler, Humble Heroes 2022

The 2022 Humble Heroes: 

Josh – Humble Hero Josh is building a support network taking the stigma away from men speaking up and reaching out.  

Helena – Humble Hero Helena unites like-minded women, supporting them as they learn how to surf in Lake Mac.

Evan –  Evan is helping build new sporting facilities in our community. 

Craig – Humble Hero Craig is protecting bushland and educating our community to be emergency ready. 

Jean – Humble Hero Jean is in her 30th year of delivering Meals on Wheels in Lake Mac, and runs an Activity Centre for seniors, enriching lives and leading by example.

Emilie – Humble Hero Emilie works with community organisations across Lake Mac to promote multiculturalism and address mental health and homelessness.

Janna –  Humble Hero Janna educates children on water safety going above and beyond to teach vital life skills.

Xavier – Humble Hero Xavier is the driving force behind ‘Good X Karma’, a soap, lip balm and candle-making business, where all profits are donated to charity supporting people with cancer.

Don – Humble Hero Don goes above and beyond to keep our city and amenities looking their best.

Emilie Wiggers, Humble Heroes 2022

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