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The Classic Hits Volunteer of the Year Award combined with the Trustpower Taupo District Community Awards is a fantastic opportunity to honour these hardworking and generous people. It also gives us a change to share with the community all the wonderful things that this district’s volunteers are doing for the benefit of many.
Suzi Luff, Trustpower Community Relations Coordinator

Due to a late rush, the entry period for the TrustPower Taupo District Community Awards and the Classic Hits Volunteer of the Year Award has been extended to 5pm, Friday 26th July. 

These awards, run in conjunction with the Taupo District Council and Radio Network Taupo, are open to all voluntary groups and individuals working to make Taupo a better place to live. 

Anyone can enter a volunteer or voluntary group into these awards. Groups can even enter themselves. 

Since the TrustPower Taupo District Community Awards began in 1999, more than $70,000 has been given away to deserving voluntary groups and organisations. This year, over $5,000 will be presented to local voluntary groups. 

The Classic Hits Volunteer of the Year Award has been running since 2010. 

TrustPower Community Relations Coordinator Suzi Luff says the response so far has been encouraging but she believes there are still plenty of community groups and individual volunteers who deserve to be entered into the TrustPower Taupo District Community Awards and the Classic Hits Volunteer of the Year Award for their contributions to the community.

“Volunteers dedicate their resources, skills and time to provide services, activities, support and events in the community and often they are not recognised for this invaluable work that they do. Often, this is on top of work and family commitments. These people are passionate about the community they live in and they are making things happen for the benefit of many. These sorts of voluntary contributions deserve to be acknowledged,” says Suzi. 

Suzi says entering a group or individual in these Awards is really easy – it only takes a few minutes. 

“The TrustPower Community Awards programme celebrates and recognises the work of voluntary groups and community organisations in 25 regions throughout the country but Taupo District is the only region with an award that recognises and celebrates the work of individual volunteers. 

The Classic Hits Volunteer of the Year Award combined with the TrustPower Taupo District Community Awards is a fantastic opportunity to honour these hardworking and generous people. It also gives us a change to share with the community all the wonderful things that this district’s volunteers are doing for the benefit of many,” says Suzi. 

 Entry Forms for the TrustPower Community Awards and the Classic Hits Volunteer of the Year Award are available from the Great Lake Centre, Council offices or service centres, can be completed online by clicking here or can be done over the phone by calling Suzi Luff on 0800 87 11 11. Entry Forms can also be collected from the Radio Network or by phoning them on 07 376 0550. 

The TrustPower Community 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 Supreme Winner group receives $1,500 and the opportunity to attend, at no cost, the National Community Awards. Last year’s Taupo District Supreme Winner was the Tongariro National Trout Centre. 

The regional TrustPower Taupo District Community Awards and Classic Hits Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented at a function at the Great Lake Centre on Monday 2 September 2013. 

 For more information, contact:

MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Suzi Luff

Community Relations Coordinator

Phone

(07) 572 8381 or 021 220 8894