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Voluntary groups are a formidable force of good in the Nelson and Tasman community and everyday members benefit from their hard work. From the teams that work behind the scenes at community events to the supportive coaches on the side-lines to the tireless fundraising teams; volunteers are in every corner of this region but often they are not recognised for the invaluable work they do.
Jess Somerville, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

Run in partnership with the Nelson City and Tasman District Councils, and set up as an opportunity to recognise and thank local voluntary groups and their contributions to the community, anyone can enter a voluntary group or organisation in the Trustpower Nelson Tasman Community Awards, including voluntary groups themselves.

Since the Trustpower Nelson Tasman Community Awards began in 1999 more than $82,000 has been given away to deserving voluntary groups and organisations, and this year more than $7,500 is up for grabs.

Last year one hundred and thirteen groups were entered for the Trustpower Nelson Tasman Community Awards. Trustpower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville is looking forward to seeing the community get on board to recognise more of these local unsung heroes.

“Voluntary groups are a formidable force of good in the Nelson and Tasman community and everyday members benefit from their hard work. From the teams that work behind the scenes at community events to the supportive coaches on the side-lines to the tireless fundraising teams; volunteers are in every corner of this region but often they are not recognised for the invaluable work they do.

One of the best ways to demonstrate the importance of volunteering to the Nelson and Tasman community is to ensure volunteers' contributions are recognised, valued and accounted for.

Now you have the chance to say ‘thank you’ to these volunteers who work hard to improve the community – just by filling out an entry form. It takes just a few minutes of your time to enter a group but it will make a real difference to the volunteers you are recognising,” says Miss Somerville.    

Locals have until 5pm on Friday 9 May to get entries in for this year’s Trustpower Nelson Tasman Community Awards. Entry Forms are available from Council offices or service centres or can be completed online at www.trustpower.co.nz/communityawards.  Entry Forms can also be received by calling Jess Somerville on 0800 87 11 11.

The awards cover five categories; Heritage and Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Arts and Culture, Sport and Leisure, and Education and Child/Youth Development. Category winners receive $500, runners-up receive $250 and the Supreme Winner will take home $1,500 and an all-expenses paid trip for two representatives to the 2014 Trustpower National Community Awards. Last year’s Trustpower Nelson Tasman Community Awards Supreme Winner was the Sport Fishing for Youth Charitable Trust, and they are gearing up for this year’s Trustpower National Community Awards which are held during March 21 – March 23.