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Time is running out for locals to get involved in the region’s biggest celebration of volunteers, because entries for the 2016 Trustpower Waipa District Community Awards close at 5pm, Friday 11 March.

The Trustpower Waipa District Community Awards, run in partnership with the Waipa District Council, recognise and reward voluntary groups and organisations for the outstanding contributions they make to the community. With more than $5,000 up for grabs Mayor Jim Mylchreest urges local groups to get involved!

Last year 36 groups were entered into the awards, so we hope to see an increase on that number to make sure we are encompassing all areas of the district and thanking as many voluntary groups as possible.

Trustpower and the Waipa District Council are looking for one final push before entries close, which should be easy as entering an organisation into the awards only takes two minutes, but it makes a real difference to those you are recognising.

Trustpower Community Relations representative Emily Beaton says although there has been a steady uptake in entries this year, there are still many groups providing services, activities, support and events in the community who often go unrecognised.

“The value of volunteering is huge; we know New Zealand is a giving nation. In 2013, the World Giving Index classed us in the top ten nations for volunteering and giving,” she said.

“These awards are all about finding those volunteer groups, new and old, and giving them some special attention – whether it’s the local rugby club, your kapa haka tutors or your neighbourhood watch.”

Last year’s Supreme Winner were the volunteers of the Kihikihi Residents and Ratepayers, who rejuvenated their town.

Kihikihi Resident and Ratepayers winning package included a cheque for $1,500 and an all-inclusive trip to the 2014 Trustpower National Community Awards in Wellington, a valuable networking event which also saw the Waipa team present to more than 150 people on their group’s purpose as volunteers.

The Trustpower Waipa District Community Awards presentation will be celebrated with a function the evening of Monday 9 May at the Te Awamutu College School Hall.

Since the Trustpower Waipa District Community Awards began in 2000, more than $79, 000 has been donated to organisations with volunteers and this year, more than $5000 is up for grabs. Anyone can enter a group - even the volunteers themselves! Entry forms are available from Waipa District Council offices or service centres, online at www.trustpower.co.nz/communityawards or the Trustpower Community Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TrustpowerCommunity/.

The awards cover five categories: Heritage and Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Arts and Culture, Sport and Leisure, and Education and Child/Youth Development.

Images, previous media releases and information on Trustpower’s sponsorship history in Waipa are readily available upon request. Please contact:

Emily Beaton
Community Relations Representative
T 0800 87 11 11 extension 4310
M 021 791 084
E emily@trustpower.co.nz