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This community overcame many barriers in seeing this 17 year fundraising marathon to an end – an achievement they should be incredibly proud of. The success of the Runanga Community Swimming Pool Trust is a fantastic example of what volunteers can achieve when they put their mind to it.
Jess Somerville, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

The Awards were announced and presented on Monday 24 September at a function at the Ashley Hotel in Greymouth. 

For winning the Supreme Award, the Runanga Community Swimming Pool Trust has received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money. The Runanga Community Swimming Pool Trust now has the opportunity to represent the district at the 2012 TrustPower National Community Awards, which are being held in Far North District in March 2013. 

In total, TrustPower has given away over $5,000 to various community groups through tonight’s Awards. 

TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville says the determination and commitment of the Runanga Community Swimming Pool Trust to see this project to completion is remarkable. 

“The Runanga Community Swimming Pool Trust was first set up in the early 1990’s to raise and manage funds to refurbish and cover the 1970’s community built pool. Originally this group had the goal of raising $100,000, but every time they came close the cost and scale of the work needed to bring the pool up to standard had increased,” says Miss Somerville. 

“This project was a long time in the planning but at last came to fruition on the 10th of December 2011. The opening of this valuable community facility marked a milestone for the volunteers who poured countless voluntary hours into this project as well as the sponsors who helped the Trust meet the shortfall,” she says. 

“This community overcame many barriers in seeing this 17 year fundraising marathon to an end – an achievement they should be incredibly proud of. The success of the Runanga Community Swimming Pool Trust is a fantastic example of what volunteers can achieve when they put their mind to it,” she says. 

“But it doesn’t stop there for this hard working bunch as they are now fundraising for the next stage which will allow for the pool to be heated,” she says. 

 The competition for this year’s TrustPower Grey District Community Awards was tough with a record 40 groups entered for the Awards. 

Other winners at tonight’s TrustPower Grey District Community Awards were: 

Heritage and Environment
Winner: Greymouth Lions Club
Runner-Up: Greymouth SPCA
 Commendation: Punakaiki Coastal Restoration Project 

 Health and Well Being
Winner: Salvation Army
 Joint Runner-Up: St Vincent de Paul Society.
Joint Runner-Up: Greymouth Parents Centre 

Arts and Culture
Winner: Blackball Senior Citizens!
Runner-Up: Pou Mahi a Iwi or the Cultural Work Centre Trust. 

Sport and Leisure
Winner: Mighty Mud Challenge
Runner-Up: West Coast Rugby League Schoolboy Board.
Commendation NBS Karoro Hockey Club 

Education and Child/Youth Development
Winner: Paroa Playcentre
Runner-Up: No. 36 Greymouth Squadron, Air Training Corps
Commendation: Kahuna Board Riders Club 

Supreme Winner
Runanga Community Swimming Pool Trust