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Since both the Trustpower Grey District and Westland Community Awards began in 1999 more than $130,000 has been given away to deserving voluntary groups and organisations.

Entries for the TrustPower Grey District Community Awards and TrustPower Westland Community Awards opened on Monday 8 April. The Awards, which are run in partnership with the respective Grey and Westland District Councils, are open to all voluntary groups and organisations working to make the West Coast a better place to live. 

Since both the TrustPower Grey District and Westland Community Awards began in 1999 more than $130,000 has been given away to deserving voluntary groups and organisations. This year more than $10,000 is up for grabs. 

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

Last year 40 groups were entered for the TrustPower Grey District Community Awards and 33 groups entered for the TrustPower Westland Community Awards. TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville believes there are still many more voluntary groups out there who deserve recognition. 

“The West Coast is a resourceful part of the country with a great sense of community. Through the TrustPower 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 Grey District Community Awards Supreme Winner was the Runanga Community Swimming Pool Trust and the TrustPower Westland Community Awards Supreme Winner was the Kumara Racing Club. 

Entries for both the TrustPower Grey District and Westland Community Awards close at 5pm on Friday 7 June.