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Through their volunteer efforts and workshops, Butterfly volunteers have reached out to their own people.
Jess Somerville, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

Run over three days, the 2014 Trustpower National Community Awards recognises last year’s Trustpower Community Awards regional Supreme Winners from 27 districts across New Zealand. Project Butterfly are representing Nelson City and the Tasman District on this national stage.

Trustpower Community Relations rep Jess Somerville says Project Butterfly is a story of loss and pain, but also inspiration.

“The Nelson and Tasman community can be assured they will be well represented by Rebekah and Aine,” Miss Somerville says.

Through volunteering and fund raising, the organisation has been able to offer counselling, cathartic art workshops and support networks to grieving parents in their community.

While in Wellington this weekend, each group will present for eight minutes on their achievements, also outlining why they deserve to win the top prize of $2,500. Presentations take place on Saturday (March 28) at the Memorial Lecture Theatre at Victoria University, followed by an awards dinner at Te Papa.

Along with Rebekah and Aine, Nelson City Councillor Ian Barker and his wife Margaret as well as Tasman District Mayor Richard Kempthorne and his wife Jane will also be in attendance.

Meanwhile, entries are now being taken for the 2015 Trustpower Nelson Tasman Community Awards.  Anyone can enter a group, and all voluntary groups and non-profit organisations are eligible.  Entries close on May 1, 2015.