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National Volunteer Week Muck-in

National Volunteer Week Muck-in

National Volunteer Week focuses on the people who keep New Zealand’s communities humming – volunteers. This year’s theme is “Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ait e tangata”, "With your contribution and my contribution the people will live."

National Volunteer Week runs from 15-21 June 2014. To support this nation-wide celebration of volunteers and the contribution they make, Trustpower staff will be volunteering during the weekend.

In Oamaru, Trustpower staff will be pitching in to clean up gardens for the Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust, a trust determined to preserve Oamaru’s Victorian precinct and Supreme Winners of the 2013 Trustpower Waitaki District Community Awards.

In Tauranga (where Trustpower has its head office) Trustpower staff will be out in force, painting the walls at Avalon, an organisation which helps people with disabilities reach their potential.

Trustpower staffs have been rolling up their sleeves during National Volunteer Week for the past three years and Community Relations Representative Emily Beaton says it is a great way to complement the Trustpower Community Awards programme.

“It’s about being part of a fun and productive day, giving back to the community, as well as shedding light on the wonderful things voluntary groups do in all of our communities. It also gives our colleagues the chance to be part of what the Trustpower Community Awards celebrates which is hardworking, talented, generous voluntary and community organisations throughout New Zealand.

And for those that would like to recognise and give praise to the work volunteers do in our communities, you can enter a community group into the Trustpower Community Awards, which open to eleven different regions in the South Island”, says Miss Beaton.

Entries for the Trustpower Waitaki District Community Awards are now closed as the Awards presentation for this region is just around the corner! The Waitaki District Community Awards will be presented at a formal Awards evening held at the Oamaru Opera House on Monday 30 June.
The awards cover five categories; Heritage and Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Arts and Culture, Sport and Leisure, and Education and Child/Youth Development.

This year there is more than $5,000 up for grabs at the Awards. Category winners receive $500, runners-up receive $250 and the Supreme Winner will take home $1,500 and an all-expenses paid trip to the 2014 Trustpower National Community Awards being held in Wellington in March 2015.


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