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Megan’s highly developed social conscience has seen her improve many people’s lives, as this really came through for our judges.
Jess Somerville, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

Megan Hemming of Cambridge High School has been named as the winner of the Award. Run in conjunction with the Trustpower Waipa District Community Awards, this award is jointly run by Trustpower and the Waipa District Council.

Local high schools were asked to recommend one student to be considered for the Award. The runner-up for this award is Jemma Mundy-Hermann from St Peters’. 

Trustpower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville says the Trustpower Youth Community Spirit Award is a great opportunity for a generous student with a big heart to be formally acknowledged and congratulated.

“For instance at just 15, she and a friend shaved their heads for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand; raising $2500 in the process - and over the last two years, she has captained a Relay for Life team to raise funds for the Cancer Society.

“But it was a trip to a Cambodian orphanage that really tripped her volunteer spirit into gear. As part of a World Challenge expedition in 2012, Megan visited the WFC Rainbow Orphanage - something which obviously left an impression, as she then spent a year fundraising in order to return to the orphanage for three months. During this time, she helped to grow the orphanage’s future as a more self-sustainable organisation, including developing an eco-farm plan to generate food and income.

“On top of this, she is the head girl at her school, is a member of the student executive, is a peer support leader and is helping to mentor a group of year 9 students with Dyslexia. Not to mention the many fundraising activities she is involved in. This incredibly giving young lady, her awareness of social issues and support of those less fortunate is second to none”, says Miss Somerville.

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

The Trustpower Youth Community Spirit Award will be presented at the Trustpower Waipa District Community Awards, being held at the Cambridge Town Hall tonight on Monday 4 May.