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In his nomination, Ravi said that the enthusiasm and the selflessness he sees in other volunteers motivates him and will carry on motivating him in the future. From where I am standing, Ravi is the motivation. He is an admirable and very special young man with his community at heart and he should feel very proud about all he has worked so hard for.
Trustpower Community Relations Representative Kathlene Cook

Ravi Sharma from Taupo-nui-a-Tia College has been named as the winner of the Trustpower Taupō District Youth Community Spirit Award.

 

The Award was presented at the Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards held on Monday 7 September at the Great Lake Centre, Taupō.   

 

Run in partnership with the Taupō District Council, the Trustpower Youth Community Spirit Award recognises secondary school students’ service to the school and the community. 

 

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 Taupō District.

 

Trustpower Community Relations Representative Kathlene Cook says Ravi is an incredible example for his school peers and members of the community alike.

 

“At school, Ravi is part of the academic committee, the cultural committee and plays in the first eleven cricket team. He constantly seeks out new experiences, such as joining the Spirit of Adventure. Not only is he a busy student, he also volunteers for local Taupo events, such as the Ironman and the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, as well as spending time at the St John Wood Retirement Village. Here, he makes tea, plays board games and reads with the residents.

 

In his nomination, Ravi said that the enthusiasm and the selflessness he sees in other volunteers motivates him and will carry on motivating him in the future. From where I am standing, Ravi is the motivation. He is an admirable and very special young man with his community at heart and he should feel very proud about all he has worked so hard for,” says Miss Cook.

 

For winning the Award, Ravi received a framed certificate and $500 prize money, with an additional $250 which he donated to the Taupo Rotary Club.