Steve Whillas, better known as Willo, lives and works on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. In addition to running his grain trading business, he provides financial and well-being support to people right across the Eyre Peninsula under the South Australian Primary Industries and Regions initiative. Outside of this, most of the work that Steve does is voluntary, and he is known and loved far and wide across the Eyre Peninsula.
Steve has also been a driving force behind drought and bushfire relief efforts on the Eyre Peninsula and across South Australia. He set up the EPIC Charitable Trust and worked with others to raise money to buy hay for farmers and put on events to bring communities together and boost morale in tough times.
Steve will drive hours to sit with someone in their time of need or talk on the phone at all hours of the day. He gives tirelessly of his time and has saved many lives. In particular, he is a huge support to the men on the Eyre Peninsula as he can communicate with them and understands their issues across agriculture, fisheries and more.
Steve’s compassion and empathy are second to none and he provides a smile, a friendly ear, and a strong shoulder for so many men.