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We must remember that volunteers fundraise, they build and preserve things and they host events. They coordinate health support groups, they teach new skills and sports and then there are others who will even save your life and property if they need to.

The TrustPower Waipa District Community Awards, run in partnership with the Waipa District Council, recognise and reward voluntary groups and organisations for the outstanding contribution they make to their community. 

Last year 51 entries for the Community Awards were received, this year the entries have been pretty slow. 

TrustPower Community Relations Representative Teresa Partridge believes there are still many groups providing services, activities, support and events in the community that are not being recognised for the invaluable work they do. 

“Volunteers dedicate thousands of hours to this community. We must remember that volunteers fundraise, they build and preserve things and they host events. They coordinate health support groups, they teach new skills and sports and then there are others who will even save your life and property if they need to. 

These Awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise and honour some of Waipa’s districts hardworking and generous volunteers. It also means we get the chance to share with the community all the wonderful things volunteers are doing for the benefit of many. 

Now is your chance to say ‘thanks’ to these volunteers who work hard for your community by entering them in the TrustPower Community Awards. It only takes a few minutes to enter a voluntary group but it will make a real difference to the volunteers you are recognising,” says Mrs Partridge. 

Anyone can enter a group or organisation for the TrustPower Waipa District Community Awards – voluntary groups and organisations can even enter themselves. But act now because entries close on Friday 22 March. 

The Awards cover five categories; Heritage and Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Arts and Culture, Sport and Leisure, and Educational and Child/Youth Development. The category winners receive $500 and runners up take home $250. The Overall Winner receives $1,500 and the opportunity to attend, at no cost, the National Community Awards. Last year’s Supreme Winner was Cambridge BMX Club, who will be attending the TrustPower National Community Awards in the Far North, on 22-24 March. 

Entry Forms for the TrustPower Community Awards are available from the Council offices or service centre, they can be completed online by clicking here, or you can call Community Relations on 0800 87 11 11. 

The TrustPower Waipa District Community Awards will be presented at a function at the Cambridge Town Hall on Monday 20 May, to which all groups entered and all those who entered groups will be invited. 

 For more information, contact:

MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Teresa Partridge

Community Relations Representative

Phone

(07) 572 9349