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Last year an incredible 110 entries were received for the Awards.
Jess Somerville, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

Since the Trustpower Energy Direct Whanganui District Community Awards began in 2013 more than $11,000 has been given away to deserving voluntary groups in the region, and this year more than $5000 is up for grabs. 

Trustpower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville is on the hunt to top that number, and will be turning over every community and neighbourhood to find the local good sorts next month.

“The weekends flooding has again put volunteers in the spotlight, with an incredible number of people pulling together to help one another. Whanganui is an incredibly resilient community, and the community spirit showed over the weekend is testament to its strength here.

“We all know how humble and unassuming volunteers can be, but despite their humility it’s actually really important that we do remember to say ‘thank you’ 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,” Somerville said.

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

Mayor Annette Main is encouraging the community to nominate voluntary groups they are involved in.

“We’ve heard some amazing stories at previous awards about the work voluntary groups are doing in our district,” Mayor Main said.

“Many of the groups are just getting on with doing what they do best with little fanfare so this is our chance to acknowledge the huge contribution volunteers make to our community. I hope everyone will take this opportunity to nominate the groups they are part of or have benefited from.”

One of the best ways to demonstrate the importance of volunteering to the Whanganui community is to ensure volunteers' contributions are recognised, valued and accounted for. Locals have until 5pm on Friday, August 21 to get entries in for this year’s awards.

Entry Forms are available from Council offices or service centres, like the libraries or info centres, or can be completed online at www.trustpower.co.nz/communityawards, and on our Facebook page.

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 2015 Trustpower National Community Awards. Last year’s Trustpower Energy Direct Whanganui District Community Awards Supreme Winner was Stone Soup Community - a group strengthening their community by celebrating successes and through support.