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Blow The Trumpet Of A Voluntary Group Near You

Media release, for immediate release, Monday 5 September

Blow The Trumpet Of A Voluntary Group Near You

Local community groups have just two weeks left to ensure they are part of the biggest voluntary celebration in the Invercargill Southland region.

Nominations for the 2011 TrustPower Invercargill Southland Community Awards are closing at 5pm on Friday 16 September. These awards are run in conjunction with the Invercargill City Council and Southland District Council and recognise and reward the outstanding voluntary efforts from groups in this region.

Last year's organisers received a record 61 nominations, and they are hoping for a similar result again this year.

TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville says there are hundreds of groups operating in the Invercargill Southland region and the work they do deserves to be recognised and celebrated.

"Everyday, Invercargill and Southland community members benefit from the hard work these devoted volunteers commit themselves to, striving to make their districts a better place to reside in.

The value of volunteering is vast and irreplaceable. One of the best ways to demonstrate the importance of volunteering to the Invercargill Southland community is to ensure volunteers' contributions are recognised, valued and accounted for through these Awards.

As volunteers are relatively modest by nature we are counting on the Invercargill Southland community to say 'thanks' to local voluntary groups by nominating them for the TrustPower Invercargill Southland Community Awards," says Miss Somerville.

Anyone can nominate a group or organisation for these awards and groups can also nominate themselves. However with only two weeks until nominations close it's a good idea to act on this now.

By taking a little of your time to fill out a nomination form you can make a huge difference to the volunteers you are nominating. Nomination forms are available at your local council offices or at service centres or can be downloaded from www.trustpower.co.nz/communitycentre. Nomination forms can also be received by calling Jess Somerville on 0800 87 11 11.

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 receive $250. The Supreme Winner will take home $1,500, a trophy, framed certificate and an all-expenses paid trip to the TrustPower National Community Awards.

The TrustPower Invercargill Southland Community Awards will be presented on November 7 at the Working Men's Club in Invercargill.


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