WA seniors awards 2018

Renowned Perth butcher Vince Garreffa has been recognised with the top honour at the WA Seniors Awards 2018 for his multimillion dollar fund-raising efforts on behalf of Lifeline WA.


Mr Garreffa, who took out the metropolitan Juniper 2018 WA Lifetime Achievement Award, was joined by regional Lifetime Achievement Award winner Grant Westthorp, who was awarded for his contribution to men's health advocacy and awareness in the Great Southern.


The City of Fremantle was commended for its commitment to age-friendly initiatives, while Coffea Fine Espresso Café was recognised for its work in developing a safe, welcoming environment for dementia sufferers and their families.


Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray presented the awards at Saturday's ceremony - the culmination of WA Seniors Week 2018 - to honour the important contributions of seniors and those dedicated to the causes of seniors.


Mr Garreffa now dedicates more than half of his time to his fundraising efforts with Lifeline WA, having raised an incredible $3 million for the organisation - while Mr Westthorp works towards building better physical and mental health outcomes for men with his 'survival handbook' and app to promote personal resilience.


The WA Seniors Awards 2018 are presented by the Council on the Ageing (WA) in partnership with the Western Australian Government.


Other Award Winners:

Juniper 2018 WA Lifetime Achievement Award Metropolitan Winner

Vincenzo Garreffa

Vincenzo Garreffa has a passion for food and giving. At age 67, he devotes more than half his time to raising money and offering his services for charity events to raise funds for Lifeline. For 21 years, Mr Garreffa has held an annual brunch in his backyard and has raised more than $3 million for the charity. This year the event raised more than $400,000. Mr Garreffa believes if you are going to donate then you donate everything. His catch cry is: there is nothing better than food, hospitality and generosity.


Juniper 2018 WA Lifetime Achievement Award Regional Winner

Grant Westthorp

For more than 10 years, Grant Westthorp has contributed significantly to the health and wellbeing of men in the Great Southern region. Mr Westthorp, now a senior himself, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Men's Resource Centre in Albany.  His aim is to help men develop personal resilience. He identified the need for a men's survival handbook after fielding questions during 8,000 wellness checks conducted by the Centre. The first book was released in 2013 and more than 18,000 copies have been distributed. Through the McCusker Citizenship Internship Program, Mr Westthorp developed the book into an app that has had 2,000 downloads across Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America.


Age Friendly Local Government Award Winner

The City of Fremantle

The City of Fremantle is committed to assisting people to age positively and actively. Its dedicated Positive Ageing Officer collaborates with many providers about seniors' activities. The City is recognised by the World Health Organisation and is a member of the Global Network for Age Friendly Cities and Communities.  The City runs a broad range of programs, including recreational, wellbeing and learning opportunities, to maintain and increase social participation of older people. It has a focus on ensuring older people have an equal opportunity to access the City's facilities and that housing is designed to meet the needs of older people now and in the future.


Age Friendly Business Award Winner

Coffea Fine Espresso Café

Located in the AMP Garden City Age Friendly Shopping Centre, Coffea Fine Espresso Café was one of the first businesses to join the Melville Age Friendly Accessible Business network established in 2016. After consultation with management and feedback from people in the area, owner Euro Lumb partnered with Alzheimer's WA to begin a monthly memory café where people with dementia and their carers could come to a welcoming and safe space. More than 1,000 people have attended the memory café. People who live with dementia and their families also visit the café more regularly as they feel safe, respected and well served by the trained staff.


19 November 2018.