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Voluntary groups are a formidable force of good and everyday members benefit from their hard work.
Jess Somerville, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

Anyone can enter a voluntary group or organisation for the Trustpower Community Awards – voluntary groups and organisations can even enter themselves.

Tauranga City Mayor says volunteers are central to hundreds of community group’s right across the Tauranga region.

“It’s incredible just how much volunteers contribute to this community and how better off we are for their efforts. From running social programmes to helping people keep fit to enhancing our heritage – volunteers are everywhere”, says Mayor Crosby.  

Western Bay of Plenty Mayor Ross Paterson agrees and says with the number of volunteers in the region we have a lot to be grateful for.

“It’s important we do say ‘thanks’ to those who do so much for the community, and the reality is we are all affected by volunteers in some way”, says Mayor Paterson. 

Trustpower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville is looking forward to seeing the community get on board to recognise more of these local unsung heroes.

“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 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 3 July to get entries in for this year’s Trustpower 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 2015 Trustpower National Community Awards. Last year’s Tauranga Supreme Winner was Good Neighbour Aotearoa Trust and in the Western Bay of Plenty it was commonUnity Productions.