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The young people in our communities have a lot to offer and they can quite often be overlooked or receive negative attention. We forget the tremendous input that they provide to the fabric of our community. Bailey is a fantastic example of a young person offering great value to their community
Trustpower Community Relations Representative Kathlene Cook

Turangi Volunteer Fire Brigade in the Taupō District has received a $250 donation from the winner of the 2014 Trustpower Taupō District Youth Community Spirit Award.

 

Bailey Dudley-Russell from Tongariro School was named as winner of the Award, which recognises secondary school students’ service to the school and the community.  The Award is jointly run by Trustpower and the Taupō District Council and is part of the Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards which were presented last night, Monday 8 September at the Great Lake Centre, Taupō

For winning the Award, Bailey received a trophy, a framed certificate and $500, with an additional $250 being donated to a community organisation of his choice. Bailey chose to donate the money to Turangi Volunteer Fire Brigade, an organisation that has been serving its community for generations and one that Bailey volunteers for.

 

Tong Kingi from the Turangi Volunteer Fire Brigade says Bailey’s donation will be used to keep the trucks rolling.

 

“It is important for our service to have young people like Bailey coming through the door. The work that youth like Bailey does is an incredible addition to the community and we will always encourage more youth to come to our station. We look towards the future when we are working with our youth.

 

I am very happy that Bailey decided to donate the money to the Turangi Volunteer Fire Brigade. We are very grateful”, says Tong.

 

Trustpower Community Relations Representative, Kathlene Cook, says the Trustpower Youth Community Spirit Award is a wonderful opportunity to publicly acknowledge the work young people do to enrich their community.

 

“The young people in our communities have a lot to offer and they can quite often be overlooked or receive negative attention. We forget the tremendous input that they provide to the fabric of our community. Bailey is a fantastic example of a young person offering great value to their community,” says Kathlene.

 

“Bailey is an incredible ambassador for the youth of the Taupō District. He is a member of the Turangi Volunteer Fire Brigade, as well as a pool lifeguard. He is also part of the Tongariro School Service Academy and intends to further his military pursuits buy enlisting for the New Zealand Army after school. He is passionate about protecting others from harm. He is also an ambassador to prevent bullying.,” she says.