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Since the Trustpower Timaru District Community Awards began in 2001 more than $62,000 has been given away to deserving voluntary groups and organisations.

Entries for the TrustPower Timaru District Community Awards opeed on Monday 18 March. The Awards, which are run in partnership with the Timaru District Council, are open to all voluntary groups and organisations working to make Timaru a better place to live. 

Since the TrustPower Timaru District Community Awards began in 2001 more than $62,000 has been given away to deserving voluntary groups and organisations. This year more than $5000 is up for grabs. 

Anyone can enter a voluntary group or organisation for the TrustPower Timaru District Community Awards – voluntary groups and organisations can even enter themselves. 

Last year 33 Timaru groups were entered for the TrustPower Timaru District Community Awards. TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville believes there are still many more voluntary groups out there who deserve recognition. 

“Timaru is a resourceful part of the country with a great sense of community. Through the TrustPower Timaru District Community Awards every year, more groups surface that are doing amazing things for the benefit of the entire community. 

Many activities, events, projects, programmes, sports, and services are provided thanks to the region’s hard working volunteers. But often they are not recognised for the invaluable work they do. 

Now you have the chance to say ‘thank you’ to these volunteers who work hard to improve the community – just by filling out an entry form. It takes just a few minutes of your time to enter a voluntary group but it will make a real difference to the volunteers you are recognising,” says Miss Somerville. 

Entry Forms for the TrustPower Community Awards are available from the Council offices or service centres or can be completed online by clicking here. Entry Forms can also be received by calling Jess Somerville on 0800 87 11 11. 

The awards cover five categories; Heritage and Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Arts and Culture, Sport and Leisure, and Educational and Child/Youth Development. Category winners receive $500, runners-up receive $250 and the Supreme Winner will take home $1,500 and an all-expenses paid trip to the 2013 TrustPower National Community Awards. Last year’s TrustPower Timaru District Community Awards Supreme Winner was the South Canterbury Drama League and they will be representing the district at the TrustPower National community Awards in the Far North this weekend. 

Entries for the TrustPower Timaru District Community Awards close at 5pm on Friday 17 May.