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Volunteers dedicate thousands of hours 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.

The TrustPower Spirit of Rotorua Awards, run in partnership with the Rotorua District Council and supported by More FM Rotorua, recognise and reward voluntary groups and organisations for the outstanding contribution they make to their community. 

The TrustPower Spirit of Rotorua Awards is now in its fifteenth year. Last year 46 entries for the TrustPower Spirit of Rotorua Awards were received. 

TrustPower Community Relations Coordinator Suzi Luff believes there is a huge number of voluntary groups providing services, activities, support and events in the community and often they are not recognised for the invaluable work they do. 

“Volunteers dedicate thousands of hours 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 the Rotorua District’s 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. 

Now it’s your chance to say ‘thanks’ to these volunteers who work hard for your community 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 Suzi. 

Anyone can enter a group or organisation for the TrustPower Spirit of Rotorua Awards – voluntary groups and organisations can even enter themselves. But act now because entries close on Friday 16 August 2013. 

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 from the Rotorua District was Keep Rotorua Beautiful. 

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 Spirit of Rotorua Awards will be presented at a function at the Rotorua District Council Chambers on Monday 21 October 2013. 

For more information, contact:

MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Suzi Luff

Community Relations Coordinator

Phone

(07) 572 8381 or 021 220 8894