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Enter Wairoa District’s Community Heroes in Local Awards

1 August 2014

Final Days to Enter Wairoa District’s Community Heroes in Local Awards

Locals have just a few more days to ensure their favourite voluntary groups are part of the Wairoa District’s biggest celebration of volunteers. Entries for the Trustpower Wairoa Community Awards close at 5pm, Friday 8 August and there is more than $5,000 up for grabs.

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

Since being established in 2000, more than $69,000 has been presented to deserving local community groups through the Trustpower Community Awards.

Last year, 25 entries were received for the Trustpower Wairoa Community Awards, equalling 2012’s result, which is the best yet. Trustpower Community Relations Coordinator Suzi Luff believes that although this is a strong response, there are still a lot of voluntary groups out there who deserve recognition.

“Entry numbers are currently very low. But we all know that there are loads of voluntary groups providing services, activities, support and events in the community, and often they are not recognised for the invaluable work they do.

Volunteers dedicate thousands of hours to the community. We must remember that volunteers fundraise, they build and preserve things and they host events. They coordinate health support groups and they teach new skills and sports. Then there are those who will even save your life and property if they are called upon.

These Awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise and honour some of the Wairoa District’s hardworking and generous volunteers and it means we get the chance to share with the community all the wonderful things that this district’s volunteers are doing for the benefit of many.

Now it’s your chance to say ‘thanks’ to these volunteers who work hard for your community by entering them in the Trustpower Community Awards. It only takes a few minutes to enter a voluntary group and it will make a real difference to the volunteers you are recognising,” says Suzi.

Anyone can enter a group or organisation for the Trustpower Wairoa Community Awards – voluntary groups and organisations can even enter themselves. But act now because entries close at 5pm on Friday 8 August.

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 Supreme Winner receives $1,500 and the opportunity to attend, at no cost, the National Community Awards. Last year’s Supreme Winner was Whangawehi Catchment Management Group.

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 Suzi Luff on 0800 87 11 11 and she will take your entry over the phone.

The Trustpower Wairoa Community Awards will be presented at a function on Monday 6 October, which all entered organisations and those who entered them will be invited to attend.

ENDS

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