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The Wildlife Hospital Trust has taken top honours at Dunedin’s biggest annual celebration of volunteers, the Trustpower Community Awards.

Voluntary groups from Dunedin and the Clutha District gathered with representatives from Trustpower, Dunedin City Council, Clutha District Council, and the community at the Toitū Otago Settlers Museum to hear how 18 groups and six young people are making an impact in their community.

Trustpower Community and Communications Advisor Alice Boyd says the Wildlife Hospital Trust stood out to the judges for their determination and success.  

“The Wildlife Hospital Trust volunteers worked incredibly hard to get their project off the ground, and continue to do so.”

“Their hospital is the first dedicated and specialised wildlife hospital in the South Island, and plays a vital role in the rehabilitation and release of sick and injured native animals. In the first two months they were open they admitted over 120 ‘patients’ – making them the busiest wildlife hospital facility in New Zealand.”

Boyd said we think this group have a great story to tell, and we can’t wait for them to share it on the national stage at the Trustpower National Community Awards next year.

For winning the Supreme Award, the Wildlife Hospital Trust received a framed certificate, a trophy, and $2,000 prize money.

The group will go on to represent Dunedin at the Trustpower National Community Awards, when volunteers from 26 regions from around New Zealand gather in Tauranga next March.

It’s the first time Dunedin and the Clutha District have celebrated together at a single awards function.  

Other winners at tonight’s Trustpower Community Awards for Dunedin and the Clutha District were:

Youth Community Spirit

Finalist – Rosa Rhiannon Miles-Seeley
Finalist – Abbey Mills
Finalist – Xulu Lin
Finalist – Anna Jordan
Winner Dunedin – George Sabonadière
Winner Clutha District – Bronson Blackbourn

Trustpower Community Awards Finalists
Beats in the Streets
Catlins Promotions
Corstorphine Community Hub
Milton Area Promotions Inc.
Ignite Consultants
Milton Scouts
Rotary Club of Dunedin Inc.
Owaka Going Forward

Trustpower Community Awards Winners
Balclutha Playcentre
Dunedin Street Art Charitable Trust
Buddy Programme South Otago
Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust
Kaitangata Car Show & Run
Pregnancy Help Dunedin
Lawrence Lions Club
Servants Health Centre

Supreme Winner – Dunedin
The Wildlife Hospital Trust

Supreme Winner – Clutha District
The Owaka Cavalcade Host Town Committee Inc.