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Natasha’s school describes her as being an extraordinary young woman and with someone like Natasha leading by example, the youth of the community have a great role model to look up to.
Emily Beaton, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

 Natasha Belling from James Hargest College has been named as the winner of the Trustpower Invercargill Southland Youth Community Spirit Award.

The Award will be presented at the Trustpower Invercargill Southland Community Awards held tonight on Monday 1 September at the Invercargill Civic Theatre.

Run in conjunction with the Trustpower Invercargill Southland 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 Invercargill City Council and the Southland District Council.

Local high schools were asked to recommend one student to be considered for the Award. The runner-up for this Award is Grace MacRae from Northern Southland College and the finalists are Ethan Burgess from Southland Boys’ High School, Ella Wilkins from Southland Girls’ High School and Ashleigh Hoten Walker from Central Southland College.

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 Invercargill and Southland region.

Trustpower Community Relations Representative Emily Beaton says “Natasha is a resilient, composed and well-reasoned student and these qualities have allowed her to lead the large Leo Club, which is the biggest of its kind in Australasia with nearly 200 members. She is also involved in leading the Relay for Life team, is Head of the Models Committee for the Ball Extravaganza, she is a Science Leader and a member of the International Friendship Club where she creates friendships and shows hospitality to overseas visitors.

Along with an extensive amount of service to her school and Leo Club, Natasha also takes pride in volunteering in the Southland Community. She gave up 8 hours of her school holidays every day for nearly a week last year to volunteer at the ILT Kidzone festival where she painted faces and did hair ups.

She was also a volunteer at the Kids South Home and Garden Tour earlier this year and Natasha is currently a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald Family Room at the Southland Hospital where she does anything from cleaning windows to helping delivery people arrange furniture.

Natasha’s school describes her as being an extraordinary young woman and with someone like Natasha leading by example, the youth of the community have a great role model to look up to. ” says Miss Beaton.

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