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The Awards cover five categories; Heritage and Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Arts and Culture, Sport and Leisure, and Education and Child/Youth Development.

Entries for the Community Awards closed on Friday 5 April. The TrustPower Central Otago District Community Awards, which recognise and reward voluntary groups for the outstanding contribution they make to the local community, are run in partnership with the Central Otago District Council. 

TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville says she was excited to be celebrating so many generous, talented, resourceful and hardworking volunteers through this year’s TrustPower Community Awards. 

“I’m over the moon with the amount of entries this year! The Community Awards are all about recognising the hard work of these voluntary groups. The work is often done behind the scenes and the volunteers work tirelessly and give so much for the benefit of those who live in the Central Otago District. 

A huge ‘thanks’ must go to the people who entered these wonderful voluntary groups as well,” says Miss Somerville. 

The Awards cover five categories; Heritage and Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Arts and Culture, Sport and Leisure, and Education and Child/Youth Development. The category winners receive $500 and runners-up receive $250. 

The Supreme Winner will take home $1,500, a trophy, framed certificate and an all-expenses paid trip to the TrustPower National Community Awards. The 2013 TrustPower National Community Awards will be held in the Invercargill and Southland region in March 2014. 

The entries for the TrustPower Central Otago District Community Awards are currently being prepared for judging. The TrustPower Central Otago District Community Awards will be announced and presented at a function on Tuesday 4 June, to which all entered organisations as well as those that entered groups will be invited.