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The value of volunteering is immense and irreplaceable. Volunteers dedicate thousands of hours to the community, they fundraise, build, preserve things and they host events.

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

Last year 134 entries for the Community Awards were received. So far this year 72 have groups have been entered.

TrustPower Community Relations Representative Teresa Partridge says she is excited about the groups that have been entered so far but believes there are still many groups providing services, activities, support and events in the community that are not recognised for the invaluable work they do. 

“The value of volunteering is immense and irreplaceable. Volunteers dedicate thousands of hours to the community, they fundraise, build, preserve things and they host events. 

These Awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise and honour some of the Nelson Tasman districts hardworking and generous volunteers and it means we get the chance to share with the community all the wonderful things that this district’s volunteers are doing for the benefit of many. 

So this is your chance to say ‘thanks’ to these volunteers 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 Nelson Tasman Community Awards – voluntary groups and organisations can even enter themselves. But act now because entries close on Friday 10 May. 

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 the Mapua Easter Fair Organising Committee. 

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 regional TrustPower Nelson Tasman Community Awards will be presented at a function at Seifrieds Winery on Monday 29 July. 

For more information, contact:

MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Teresa Partridge

Community Relations Representative

Phone

(07) 572 9349