Cook, community champion
After cooking for firefighters during the 2013 Springwood bushfires, Lana realised there were plenty of people in the Penrith area she could help. This led to the grandmother and full-time aged care worker setting up Mama Lana’s Community Foundation with her husband, Roger. Guided by the words ‘kindness with no strings attached’, they provide home-cooked meals six nights a week to people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage. Lana and her 200 volunteers offer more than just a meal: they also provide a book library and clothing as well as housing and employment support. Lana is using her grant to establish a permanent base where people can enjoy meals, support and good company.