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Last Chance to Thank Timaru Voluntary Groups

Media release, for immediate release, Thursday 8 May, 2014


LAST CHANCE TO THANK TIMARU VOLUNTARY GROUPS

Locals have just a few more days to ensure their favourite voluntary groups are part of Timaru’s biggest celebration of volunteers. Entries for the Trustpower Timaru District Community Awards close at 5pm on Friday 16 May and there is more than $5000 up for grabs.

The Trustpower Timaru District Community Awards, run in partnership with the Timaru District Council, recognise and reward voluntary groups and organisations for the outstanding contribution they make to their community.

The Trustpower Timaru District Community Awards is now in its fourteenth year. Last year 34 entries for the Community Awards were received.

Trustpower Community Relations Representative Emily Beaton believes there are still many groups providing services, activities, support and events in the community and often they are not recognised for the invaluable work they do.

“The value of volunteering is immense and irreplaceable. One of the best ways to demonstrate the importance of volunteering to the Timaru community is to ensure these volunteers' contributions are recognised, valued and accounted for. Entering a group for the Community awards will take just two minutes of your time but it will ensure they get the recognition they deserve,” says Miss Beaton.


Anyone can enter a group or organisation for the Trustpower Timaru District Community Awards – voluntary groups and organisations can even enter themselves. But act now because entries close on Friday 16 June.

The Awards cover five categories; Heritage and Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Arts and Culture, Sport and Leisure, and Educational and Child/Youth Development. The category winners receive $500 and runners up take home $250. The Overall Winner receives $1,500 and the opportunity to attend, at no cost, the National Community Awards. Last year’s Supreme Winner was Timoru.

Entry Forms for the Trustpower Community Awards are available from the Council offices or service centre, they can be completed online at www.trustpower.co.nz/communityawards, or you can call Community Relations on 0800 87 11 11.

The regional Trustpower Timaru District Community Awards will be presented at a function at the Council Chambers, Timaru District Council, on Monday 14 July.


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