The Far North’s reputation for producing innovative and effective community groups was reaffirmed at the presentation of the Trustpower Far North Community Awards this evening, with collaborative Kerikeri-based organisation Bald Angels Charitable Trust taking home the top prize.
Trustpower Community Relations Representative Abbie Siely says the group stood out for its multi-faceted approach to community care.
“Bald Angels contributes to the wellbeing of more than 200 families and 1,000 local children every year through fundraising events that bring the community together in the spirit of generosity and goodwill.
The trust works in the background to support ‘coal face’ agencies like Northland Corrections, NZ Police, Plunket, Women’s Refuge, St John, the NZ Fire Service and more.
Bald Angels acts as a conduit between members of the public who have a desire to help others and the organisations that encounter hardship and trauma on a daily basis.
The premise is simple enough – collect goods from those who are able to give and redistribute them to those in need via organisational touchpoints – but the impact has been huge.
The group applies this methodology in different ways that reach into many areas of the community. From Christmas toy and food drives, to planting community gardens, to working with young artists, these angels are everywhere,” she says.
For winning the Supreme Award, Bald Angels Charitable Trust received a framed certificate, a trophy, and $1,500 prize money. The group will go on to represent the district at the 2017 Trustpower National Community Awards, which take place in Queenstown next April.
“The Far North is always so well represented on our national stage and I’m certain this year will be no different. We cannot wait to meet up with this group again in April to learn more about their story and hear about the joy they continue to bring to their community,” says Miss Siely.
Other winners at tonight’s Trustpower Far North Community Awards were:
Youth Community Spirit Award
Finalist – Te Amohaere Rudolph
Finalist – Lukas George
Runner Up – Shaniah Flood
Winner – Aliesha Whitehead
Heritage and Environment
Commendation – Kaitaia War Memorial Restoration Group
Runner Up – Friends of Rangikapiti
Winner – Far North SPCA
Health and Wellbeing
Commendation – Whare Timatatanga Hou Ora Inc – Kaitaia Women’s Refuge
Runner Up – Russell St John Health Shuttle
Winner – Bald Angels Charitable Trust
Arts and Culture
Runner Up – Mangonui Courthouse Preservation Society
Winner – Kerikeri International Piano Competition
Sports and Leisure
Runner Up – Taipa Sailing Club
Winner – Kaitaia Basketball Association
Education and Child/Youth Development
Runner Up – Spoken Word Kaitaia
Winner – Bay of Islands Coastguard Incorporated
Bald Angels Charitable Trust