Some get acknowledged publicly, but many simply go about their business with little fanfare, however there are many that are yet to be recognised for their great contribution to the community.
The Awards, which are run in partnership with the Palmerston North City Council, are open to all voluntary groups and organisations working to make Palmerston North a better place to live.
Since the TrustPower Palmerston North Community Awards began in 2004 more than $45,000 has been given away to deserving voluntary groups and organisations. This year more than $5,000 is up for grabs.
Anyone can enter a voluntary group or organisation for the TrustPower Palmerston North Community Awards – voluntary groups and organisations can even enter themselves.
Palmerston North Mayor Jono Naylor is passionate about getting these volunteers recognised. He says that every week in our community there are thousands of people who volunteer in a wide variety of ways to ensure that the rest of us can live the life we want.
“Some get acknowledged publicly, but many simply go about their business with little fanfare, however there are many that are yet to be recognised for their great contribution to the community,” says Mayor Jono.
Last year 54 groups were entered for the TrustPower Palmerston North Community Awards. TrustPower Community Relations Representative Teresa Partridge believes there are still many more voluntary groups out there who deserve recognition.
“Many activities, events, projects, programmes, sports, and services are provided thanks to the region’s hard working volunteers. But often they are not thanked for the invaluable work they do.
Now you have the chance to say ‘thank you’ to these volunteers who work hard to improve the community – just by filling out an entry form. It takes just a few minutes of your time to enter a voluntary group and will make a real difference to the volunteers you are recognising,” says Mrs Partridge.
Entry Forms for the TrustPower Community Awards are available from the Council offices or service centres or can be completed online by clicking here. Entry Forms can also be received by calling Teresa Partridge on 0800 87 11 11.
The awards cover five categories; Heritage and Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Arts and Culture, Sport and Leisure, and Educational 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 to the 2013 TrustPower National Community Awards. Last year’s TrustPower Palmerston North Community Awards Supreme Winner was The Fitzherbert Lions Club.
Entries for the TrustPower Palmerston North Community Awards close at 5pm on Wednesday 31 July.