These volunteers are giving young children a brilliant fishing experience, something they may not have experienced before and introducing them to the freshwater environment in the Tasman district.
The Awards were announced and presented at a function at Seifieds Estate and Winery on Monday 29 July.
For winning the Supreme Award, the Sport Fishing for Youth Charitable Trust received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money. The Sport Fishing for Youth Charitable Trust now has the opportunity to represent the district at the 2013 TrustPower National Community Awards, which are being held in the Invercargill and Southland region in March 2014.
In total, TrustPower has given away over $6,000 to various community groups through tonight’s Awards.
Tasman District Council Mayor Richard Kempthorne says the Sport Fishing for Youth Charitable Trust is very popular in the eyes of many children in the district.
“These volunteers are giving young children a brilliant fishing experience, something they may not have experienced before and introducing them to the freshwater environment in the Tasman district. The series of events they organise are very positive and at the same time are educating these young minds on the importance of protecting our environment. I sincerely congratulate them on receiving this Award,” says Mayor Kempthorne.
TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville agrees that’s the Trust is doing all kinds of good in the community for local youth.
“Thanks to the dedication of this volunteer Trust and the support of the Nelson Trout Fishing Club volunteers more than 360 children have had the opportunity to try their luck at catching a trout or salmon in this pristine part of the country.
Volunteers teach the youth the correct technique on how to catch a rainbow trout or salmon and once they land a fish they are weighed, cleaned and placed in a bag with a recipe on how to cook this delicacy. Each youth also received a certificate to celebrate their catch.
This Trust are also currently working on establishing three strong platforms at the river edge to ensure this site is accessible for people with disabilities,” says Miss Somerville.
One hundred and thirteen groups were entered into this year’s TrustPower Nelson Tasman Community Awards.
Other winners at tonight’s TrustPower Nelson Tasman Community Awards were:
Heritage and Environment
Runner-Up: NZ Deerstalkers Association Golden Bay
Winner: Dramatix Theatre Development Trust
Health and Well Being
Commendation: Nelson Hospital Volunteers
Commendation: Nelson Community Patrol
Commendation: Richmond Fire Brigade
Commendation: Richmond Information Centre
Runner-Up: Nelson Women’s Refugee Crisis line
Joint winner: Golden Bay Community Health
Joint Winner: Mens Shed Waimea
Arts and Culture
Runner-Up: Motueka Events Charitable Trust
Winner: Golden Bay Community Arts Council
Sport and Leisure
Runner- up: Table Tennis Nelson
Winner: Lioness Club of Nelson
Education and Child/Youth Development
Runner-Up: Big Brothers Big Sisters
Joint Winner: Adult learning Support Nelson
Joint Winner: Business Mentors Nelson
Kenbe La Foundation Charitable Trust
Keep Richmond Beautiful
Sport Fishing for Youth Charitable Trust
Winner: Katie Talbot
Finalist: Zak Gibbs
Finalist: Sophie Harrison
Finalist: Patrick Savill
Finalist: Charles Norton
Finalist: Zachery Penman
Finalist: Moorea Smithline