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Every bit that we can fundraise is greatly appreciated.
Helen Bright of Te Awamutu Truancy Services

Lydia Barker from Te Awamutu College was named as winner of the Award, which recognises secondary school students’ service to the school and the community. The Award is jointly run by TrustPower and the Waipa District Council and is part of the TrustPower Waipa District Community Awards which were presented last night (Monday 20 May). 

For winning the Award Lydia received a framed certificate and $250, with an additional $250 being donated to Te Awamutu Truancy Services. 

Helen Bright of Te Awamutu Truancy Services says they are so grateful to receive this donation from Lydia. 

“Every bit that we can fundraise is greatly appreciated; it goes towards car and phone expenses. This contact through being able to drive and pick up students or get in touch with parents via text accumulates in students getting to school regularly – which is our aim,” says Mrs Bright. 

TrustPower Community Relations Representative Teresa Partridge says the TrustPower Youth Community Spirit Award is a wonderful opportunity to publicly acknowledge the work young people do to enrich their community. 

“Often young people receive a lot of negative attention and we forget the tremendous input that they provide to the fabric of our community. Lydia is a great example of a student doing just that,” says Mrs Partridge 

For more information please contact:  
Helen Bright
Te Awamutu Truancy Services
Phone: 027 956 5313 

For more information on the TrustPower Community Awards click here or contact: 


Teresa Partridge

Community Relations Representative


(07) 572 9349