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Cody is always putting his hand up to help out and which is why he is such a valued member of the Grey District community.
Emily Beaton, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

Cody Fairhall from John Paul II High School has been named as the winner of the Trustpower Grey District Youth Community Award.

The Award was presented at the Trustpower Grey District Community Awards held tonight on Tuesday 12 August at the Regent Theatre.

Run in conjunction with the Trustpower Grey District Community Awards, the Trustpower Youth Community Award recognises secondary school students’ service to the school and the community. The Award is jointly run by Trustpower and the Grey District Council.

Local high schools were asked to recommend one student to be considered for the Award. The runner-up for this Award is Alice Winter from Greymouth High School.

To be considered for the Trustpower Youth Community Spirit Award students had to have given service to school or community projects, treated others with care and respect and been a good ambassador for the school and the Grey District region.

Trustpower Community Relations Representative Emily Beaton says “Cody is always putting his hand up to help out and this year he helped organise Shave for a Cure and stepped in to MC the event at the last minute. He is a member of the DARE committee and the Blue Light committee and has always willingly volunteered to help with the street collections for organisations such as the Blind Foundation.

As Head Boy he has worked hard as a mentor to ensure that the Year 9 students have an easy transition to high school. Cody has been an enthusiastic member of the Kapa Haka group where he has encouraged others in their efforts.

In the community Cody is a volunteer member of the local Search and Rescue Team and volunteers to help coach junior hockey, and works to improve the opportunities of people younger than himself through his work as a swimming instructor.

Cody’s school says that he is a young man of whom we can all be proud of and one who makes people feel they are a valued part of the team.” Says Miss Beaton.

For winning the Award Cody will receive a trophy, framed certificate and $500 prize money, with $250 being given to a community group or organisation of his choice.