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More prize money on offer for community groups

More prize money on offer for community groups as Trustpower Community Awards celebrate 25 years

Local community organisations will have access to even more prize money when entries for the Trustpower Community Awards open on Monday 5 March.

The Trustpower Community Awards, which recognise and reward the efforts of volunteers, first took place 25 years ago. Trustpower Community and Communications Advisor, Alice Boyd, says reaching this milestone has inspired Trustpower to adopt a fresh approach, with more prize money on offer as a result.

“Over the past year, we’ve met with Councils, attendees, past and present winners, and the wider community to find out what people value most about the Trustpower Community Awards, and what they think we can do better.

“While it’s clear that locals love the chance to celebrate the efforts of volunteers in their community, it’s no surprise that for many community organisations finances are a constant concern. That’s why we’ve increased the prize money available to Trustpower Community Awards recipients.

“This year, the prizemoney for a Trustpower Community Award will double to $1,000. Regional Supreme Winners will receive $2,000 – up from $1,500 last year – and a trip for two to the 2018 Trustpower National Community Awards.”

“Invercargill and the wider Southland region has some incredibly passionate and successful community organisations. This includes previous National Supreme Winners, Koha Kai, who continue to make their mark with the wonderful work they do. This year we’re excited to have South Alive representing Invercargill Southland at the Trustpower National Community Awards. We know that increasing prize money going forward will help groups like these bring real change to their communities.”

Miss Boyd said the presentation of the Trustpower Community Awards for Invercargill Southland would take place in Invercargill in October.

· The Trustpower Community Awards are open to all community organisations with a voluntary component.

· Trustpower Community Award recipients are recognised for services to the community in areas including, but not limited to: Heritage and Environment; Health and Wellbeing; Arts and Culture; Sport and Leisure; Education and Child/Youth Development.

· Anyone can enter a group – groups can even enter themselves.

· Enter online at www.trustpower.co.nz/communityawards

· Entries close Thursday 31 May

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