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Palmerston North has long been known for strong community spirit and willing volunteers who put in time and effort to get things done.
Jess Somerville, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

Entries for the Trustpower Community Awards opened in Palmerston North and Tararua this week. Independently run in partnership with the Palmerston North City and Tararua District Councils, the awards are open to all voluntary groups and organisations working to make these communities a better place to live.

Anyone can enter a voluntary group or organisation for the Awards – volunteers can even enter their own, and with more than $5,000 up for grabs, it’s a great opportunity for everyone.

Trustpower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville believes volunteers are crucial to a resilient and strong community.

“It's this spirit we're trying to capture with the Trustpower Community Awards, by hunting out the city’s most valuable resources - it's volunteers”, says Miss Somerville.

Palmerston North Mayor Grant Smith attended the Trustpower National Community Awards in March with the Palmerston North Surf Lifesaving Club and got to see first-hand the breadth and variety of voluntary projects that span across the country.

“The Trustpower Community Awards are a fantastic way for us to shine a little light on the incredible contribution volunteers make to this community. I encourage people to get behind this programme and put forward one of the hundreds of groups beavering away in the background for the better of this community”, says Mayor Smith. 

“Whether it’s kids sport with volunteer coaches, refs. administrators, and first aiders on the side line, or the charity shop you donate second hand goods to, everyone knows a group that is supported by volunteers.  Making a nomination is an easy way to recognise these contributions.”

Entry Forms for the Trustpower Community Awards are available from the Council offices or service centres or can be completed online at www.trustpower.co.nz/communityawards.

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 2015 Trustpower National Community Awards in Dunedin next year.

Entries for the Trustpower Community Awards close at 5pm on Friday, July 31st.

For more information please contact Jess Somerville on 0800 87 11 11 extn 4310 or jess@trustpower.co.nz