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They are an organisation that has a direct impact across the generations for positive change, stong families and healthy communities.
Emily Beaton, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

Presbyterian Support has won the Supreme Award at the 2016 Trustpower Dunedin Community Awards.


The Awards were announced and presented tonight (Wednesday, 27 April) at a function at the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.


For winning the Supreme Award, Presbyterian Support received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money.  Presbyterian Support now has the opportunity to represent the district at the 2016 Trustpower National Community Awards, which are being held in the Rotorua district in March 2017.


In total, Trustpower has given away over $5,000 to various community groups through tonight’s Awards.


Trustpower Community Relations Representative Emily Beaton says Presbyterian Support is a volunteer organisation that does it all.


“They are an organisation that has a direct impact across the generations for positive change, stong families and healthy communities.


Volunteers are a part of every corner of this organisation, you will find them lending a hand in the nursery as part of the Youthgrow Garden Centre, getting stuck in at the Op shop, sorting and pricing goods, creating window displays or helping customers. You will also find them in the foodbank as part of the FamilyWorks programme, or helping out with community activities.


These volunteers have a huge impact on the community and they are a great asset to the Dunedin community” says Beaton.


The competition for this year’s Trustpower Dunedin Community Awards was strong with 85 groups entered for the Awards.


Other winners at tonight’s Trustpower Dunedin Community Awards were:


Heritage and Environment


Commendation: Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Runner up: Taieri Recreational Tramping Club

Winner: Animal Rescue Network


Health and Wellbeing

Runner-up: Servants Health Care

Winner: Dunedin Night Shelter Trust


Arts and Culture

Joint-Runner up: Rothesay News

Joint-Runner up: Taieri Dramatic Society Trust

Winner: Friends of the Globe Theatre


Sports and Leisure

Commendation: The Rotary Club of Dunedin

Runner up: Riding for the Disabled

Winner: Dunedin Community Salmon Trust


Education and Child/Youth Development

Runner up: Canteen Otago

Winner: BreakAway Surf Survival Holiday Programme


Supreme Winner: Presbyterian Support Otago


Youth Spirit

Winner: Alana Donkin, Otago Girls High School

Finalist: Caroline Moratti, Columba College

Finalist: Bryony Lastovicka, Kaikorai Valley College

Finalist: Erica Stedman, Logan Park High School

Finalist: Joe Garry, John McGlashan College