Maddie Race

Mr RICHARDSON (Mordialloc) — I rise today to talk about the story of a local community hero, Maddie Race, who has given so much to our local community over the last few years, in particular the Chelsea Heights Community Centre, where she has been on a mission to educate people about the importance of healthy eating and wellbeing. Even in the face of certain changes to the program she has ensured that it has continued.

Maddie has taken her mission of health and wellbeing to local schools in her community, including St Louis de Montfort’s Primary School in Aspendale in the member for Carrum’s electorate, and she continues to serve our local community through her work with the Edithvale-Aspendale football and netball club.

Maddie and her family faced significant adversity when their family home burnt down in September 2015 and they lost everything. We saw over those following months a great sign of community spirit, where her neighbour, Roxanne Gillies, got together with well over 100 community members who came together to rally around Maddie and her family to offer their support. It was hard for Maddie and her family to take that support because normally they are giving and supporting everyone else.

Her latest mission is to offer a health and wellbeing scholarship as a health and wellbeing coach, as she is looking to continue the message of health and wellbeing and to support local families. I hope everyone can get behind this and put in an application to that program.