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Volunteers contribute thousands of hours and bundles of skills to the community. We must remember that volunteers fundraise, they build and preserve things and they host events. They coordinate health support groups and they teach new skills and sports and then there are others who will even save your life and property if they need to.
Suzi Luff, Trustpower Community Relations Coordinator

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

The TrustPower Tararua District Community Awards is now in its tenth year and to date, $45,000 has been presented to voluntary groups. Last year 36 entries for the Community Awards were received. 

TrustPower Community Relations Coordinator Suzi Luff believes there are still many groups providing services, activities, support and events in the community and often they are not recognised for the invaluable work they do. 

“Volunteers contribute thousands of hours and bundles of skills to the community. We must remember that volunteers fundraise, they build and preserve things and they host events. They coordinate health support groups and they teach new skills and sports and then there are others who will even save your life and property if they need to. 

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

One of the best ways to demonstrate the value and appreciation of volunteering in the community is to ensure these volunteers' contributions are recognised. Entering a group for the Community awards will take just two minutes of your time but it will ensure they get the recognition they deserve,” says Suzi. 

Anyone can enter a group or organisation for the TrustPower Tararua District Community Awards – voluntary groups and organisations can even enter themselves. But act now because entries close on Wednesday 31 July at 5pm. 

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 Supreme Winner receives $1,500 and the opportunity to attend, at no cost, the National Community Awards. Last year’s Tararua District Supreme Winner was the Dannevirke Host Lions Club Inc.

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 Tararua District Community Awards will be presented at a function on Wednesday 25th September. 

For more information, contact:

MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Suzi Luff

Community Relations Coordinator

Phone

(07) 572 8381 or 021 220 8894