Carmen Platt

Eastwood, New South Wales

Local hero, founder

Moving can be stressful at the best of times – but for survivors of domestic abuse, it can be extremely challenging. When she saw case workers struggle to set up households for those starting life over, Carmen began collecting essential items like beds, sofas and fridges and turning ‘shelter’ into ‘home’. Today, her volunteer-led charity, The Generous and The Grateful (GG), quickly connects Sydney people in need with quality large household items sourced from hotels, online retailers and private donors. In the process, saving more than 130 tonnes from landfill last year. This grant will help GG ensure more women and children have all they need to sleep well, eat well and live well from the security and dignity home provides.