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Volunteers are in every corner of this region but often they are not recognised for the invaluable work they do.
Emily Beaton, Community Relations Representative

Entries for the Trustpower Waipa District Community Awards opened today (Monday 11 January). Run in partnership with the Waipa District Council and set up as an opportunity to recognise and thank local voluntary groups and their contributions to the community, anyone can enter a voluntary group or organisation in the Trustpower Waipa District Community Awards, including voluntary groups themselves.

Since the Trustpower Waipa District Community Awards began in 2000 more than $79,000 has been given away to deserving voluntary groups and organisations, and this year more than $5000 is up for grabs.

Last year 36 groups were entered for the Trustpower Waipa District Community Awards. Trustpower Community Relations Representative Emily Beaton is looking forward to seeing the community get on board to recognise more of these local unsung heroes.

“Voluntary groups are a formidable force of good in the Waipa community and everyday members benefit from their hard work. Volunteers are in every corner of this region but often they are not recognised for the invaluable work they do. These awards are an easy way to say ‘thanks’ and give these local champions the pat on the back that they deserve.

It just takes 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 Beaton.

Locals have until 5pm on 11 March to get entries in for this year’s Trustpower Waipa District 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 Emily Beaton 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 2016 Trustpower National Community Awards. Last year’s Trustpower Waipa District Community Awards Supreme Winner was the Cambridge Football Club.

For more information, contact:
Emily Beaton
Trustpower Community Relations Representative
Phone: 0800 87 11 11 extn 4310/ 021791 084
Email: emily@trustpower.co.nz
www.trustpower.co.nz/communityawards
www.facebook.com/TrustpowerCommunity