In this role he has run many community events such as tree plantings, pizza dinners at the local soup kitchen, fertiliser deliveries, purchased library books and also organised a port-a-loo to be sent to Christchurch after the earthquakes.
The Award has been presented at the TrustPower Marlborough Community Awards held on Tuesday 30 October at the Wisheart Room in the Marlborough Civic Theatre.
Run in conjunction with the TrustPower Marlborough Community Awards, the TrustPower Youth Community Spirit Award recognises secondary school students’ service to the school and the community. The Award is jointly run by TrustPower and the Marlborough District Council. The finalists for the Award were Jacques Breedt from Rai Valley Area School and Olivia Sheat from Marlborough Girls’ College.
To be considered for the TrustPower Youth Community Spirit Award students had to have contributed widely to their school and community while developing good relationships and showing respect and care for others.
TrustPower Community Relations representative Teresa Partridge says Leatham has been actively involved in all aspects of both school and community life for many years!
He has been a librarian all his high school years and this year has been appointed head librarian, a job that takes up a lot of time. He has also been an active member of the Environment Council, the Student Council and the 40 hour famine committee. The last two year’s Leatham has been the president for the school’s Leo’s Club, which is a junior Lions Club. In this role he has run many community events such as tree plantings, pizza dinners at the local soup kitchen, fertiliser deliveries, purchased library books and also organised a port-a-loo to be sent to Christchurch after the earthquakes.
Leatham is also very active in sport, being a part of the first 11 cricket team, cycling team and being the captain of the cycling and multisport team. In his role of captain he has helped fundraise for the team and presented a bid to council for a new velodrome.
This year Leatham has regularly tutored at Pacifica study night. His one on one work with other students has been extremely helpful,” says Mrs Partridge.
For winning the Award Leatham will receive a framed certificate and $500 prize money, with $250 going to Leatham personally and $250 being given to a community group or organisation of his choice.
Leatham chose to donate the $250.00 to Crossroads/John’s Kitchen.
The TrustPower Youth Community Spirit Award will be presented at the TrustPower Marlborough Community Awards, being held tonight, Tuesday 30 October.
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