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It only takes two minutes to enter a group into the Community Awards - but act now because entries close on Friday 13 March.
Emily Beaton, Community Relations Representative

 Locals have just a few more days to ensure their favourite voluntary groups are part of Dunedin’s biggest celebration of volunteers. Entries for the Trustpower Dunedin Community Awards close at 5pm on Friday 13 March and there is more than $5000 up for grabs.

The Trustpower Dunedin Community Awards, run in partnership with the Dunedin City Council, recognise and reward voluntary groups and organisations for the outstanding contribution they make to their community.

Trustpower Community Relations Representative Emily Beaton believes there are still many groups providing services, activities, support and events in the community and often they are not recognised for the invaluable work they do.

“Volunteers dedicate thousands of hours to the community. We must remember that volunteers fundraise, they build and preserve things and they host events. They co-ordinate health support groups and they teach new skills and sports and then there are others who will even save your life and property if they need to.

These Awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise and honour some of Dunedin’s hardworking and generous volunteers and it means we get the chance to share with the community all the wonderful things that this district’s volunteers are doing for the benefit of many.

Now it’s your chance to say ‘thanks’ to these volunteers who work hard for your community by entering them in the Trustpower Community Awards. It only takes a few minutes to enter a voluntary group but it will make a real difference to the volunteers you are recognising,” says Miss Beaton.

Anyone can enter a group or organisation for the Trustpower Dunedin Community Awards – voluntary groups and organisations can even enter themselves. But act now because entries close on Friday 13 March.

The Awards cover five categories; Heritage and Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Arts and Culture, Sport and Leisure, and Educational and Child/Youth Development. The category winners receive $500 and runners up take home $250. The Overall Winner receives $1,500 and the opportunity to attend, at no cost, the National Community Awards. Last year’s Supreme Winner was Ignite Consultants.

Entry Forms for the Trustpower Community Awards are available from the Council offices or service centre, they can be completed online at www.trustpower.co.nz/communityawards, or you can call Community Relations on 0800 87 11 11.

The regional Trustpower Dunedin Community Awards will be presented at a function at the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum on Monday 18 May.