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Robyn Filipo, from Redwood Home and Hospital says that by introducing younger people like Yeseul into the facility, we create a magical connection between young and old.

Laura Jackson from Western Heights High School was announced as the Overall Supreme Winner of the 2013 TrustPower Rotorua Youth Community Spirit Awards and Yeseul Park from Rotorua Lakes High School was named as the winner of the Waiariki Institute Award. The Awards evening recognised secondary school students’ service to the school and the community and was presented at a function at the Blue Baths on Monday 24 June. 

For winning the Awards Laura and Yeseul received a framed certificate and $500, with $250 going to them personally and $250 being given to a community group or organisation of their choice. 

Waiariki Women's Refuge provides support and advocacy to women and children who have been impacted by violence. 

“I chose the Waiariki Women’s Refuge because they give so much to the women and children of our community who need it the most. I cannot imagine our community without people like this,” says Laura Jackson. 

Patty Ward from Waiariki Women’s Refuge says that monetary donations such as these help them to buy necessary items. 

“The women and children arrive on the day as they are, we need to give them essential items. We are so thankful for generous donations such as these,” says Patty. 

Redwood Home and Hospital look to create longer, happier, healthier lives for their residents. 

Robyn Filipo, from Redwood Home and Hospital says that by introducing younger people like Yeseul into the facility, we create a magical connection between young and old. 

“For us, it is not about the money we received thanks to Yeseul’s, although we are thankful, it is about teaching our young people how much our older members of the community have to give,” says Robyn. 

TrustPower Community Relations Representative Teresa Partridge says the TrustPower Youth Community Spirit Award has been a wonderful opportunity to publicly acknowledge the work young people do to enrich their community.

“Often young people receive a lot of negative attention and we forget the tremendous amount of unpaid work young people do which adds tremendously to the fabric of our community. These two young ladies demonstrate wonderful youth community spirit and we wish them all the best for their bright futures ahead,” says Mrs Partridge. 

Photos are available of Laura and Yeseul with representatives of Waiariki Women’s Refuge and Redwood Home and Hospital. For copies of these photos or more information please contact:

MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Teresa Partridge

Community Relations Representative

Phone

(07) 572 9349