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The support, energy and skill brought to this campaign was breath-taking, and galvanised the entire community.
Dunedin City Mayor Dave Cull

The Awards were announced and presented on Monday 6 May, at a function at the Toitu Settlers Museum. 

For winning the Supreme Award, the Neurological Foundation Southern Chair of Neurosurgery received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money. The Neurological Foundation Southern Chair of Neurosurgery now has the opportunity to represent the district at the 2013 TrustPower National Community Awards, which are being held in the Invercargill and Southland region in March 2014.

In total, TrustPower has given away over $5,000 to various community groups through tonight’s Awards. 

TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville says the immediate health benefits to the community of keeping such a facility in this part of the country ensured that people from every corner of Dunedin got behind this initiative.

“The prospect of raising $3 million dollars in a short time frame is certainly a daunting one, but the public were invited to join the project and in their thousands they did. 

“Donations flowed in; supporters from both Southland and Otago took to the streets and volunteer groups from all over Dunedin rallied and held their own fundraising activities. Groups such as Lions Clubs, Rotary groups, music groups, brownie clubs all worked together to achieve this fundraising target. 

“It’s really heart-warming to learn about the lengths that various community groups went to, to fundraise for this cause,” says Miss Somerville. 

Dunedin City Mayor Dave Cull says what the Neurological Foundation Southern Chair of Neurosurgery campaign achieved in the short time frame is a huge victory. 

“The support, energy and skill brought to this campaign was breath-taking, and galvanised the entire community,” says Mayor Cull. 

A record one hundred and four groups were entered into this year’s TrustPower Dunedin Community Awards. 

Other winners at tonight’s TrustPower Dunedin Community Awards were: 

Heritage and Environment
Commendation: Tomohawk Smails BeachCare Trust.
Runner-Up: Port Chalmers Historical Society
Winner: North East Valley Community Project 

Health and Well Being
Commendation: The Octagon Club
Commendation: Foodshare
Commendation: Volunteering Otago
Runner-Up: Cancer Society Dunedin and Mosgiel Volunteer Driving Service
Winner: Dog Rescue Dunedin 

Arts and Culture
Joint Runner-Up: South Dunedin Street Festival 
Joint Runner-Up: Gasworks Museum
Winner: Otago Access Radio

Sport and Leisure
Runner- up: Onyx Militaries Marching Teams
Winner: Otago Peninsular Lions 

Education and Child/Youth Development
Joint Runner-Up: Generation Zero
Joint Runner-Up: Otago Girls High School
Winner: Ignite Consultants 

Supreme Winner
Neurological Foundation Southern Chair of Neurosurgery