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Volunteers make our communities better places to live, work and raise kids, and that should never be taken for granted
Arielle Monk, Community Relations Representative

 Entries for the Trustpower Dunedin Community Awards opened today (Monday 11 January). Run in partnership with the Dunedin City 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 Dunedin Community Awards, including voluntary groups themselves.

Since the Trustpower Dunedin Community Awards began in 2001 more than $80,000 has been given away to deserving voluntary groups and organisations, and this year more than $5000 is up for grabs.

Last year 96 groups were entered for the Trustpower Dunedin Community Awards. Trustpower Community Relations Representative Arielle Monk is looking forward to seeing the community get on board to recognise more of these local unsung heroes.

“It’s actually really important that, despite the every-day Kiwi volunteer’s humility, we do remember to say ‘thanks’ for all their hard work. Volunteers make our communities better places to live, work and raise kids, and that should never be taken for granted.”

“These awards are just one small way we can say ‘cheers for that’, and make these local heroes feel a bit special,” Miss Monk said.

Locals have until 5pm on Friday 11 March to get entries in for this year’s Trustpower Dunedin 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 Arielle Monk 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 Dunedin Community Awards Supreme Winner was iGNITE Consultants.

For more information, contact:
Arielle Monk
Trustpower Community Relations Representative
Phone: 0800 87 11 11 extn 8153/ 021 276 5319
Email: arielle@trustpower.co.nz
www.trustpower.co.nz/communityawards
www.facebook.com/TrustpowerCommunity