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Invercargill & Southland Residents Recognise Volunteers

Invercargill and Southland Residents Recognise Importance of Volunteers

Locals have really got behind their volunteers with 51 entries received for 49 different groups for the TrustPower Invercargill Southland Community Awards.

Entries for the Community Awards closed on Friday 26 July 2013. The TrustPower Invercargill Southland Community Awards, which recognise and reward voluntary groups for the outstanding contribution they make to the local community, are run in partnership with the Invercargill City Council and Southland District Council.

TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville says she was excited to be celebrating so many generous, talented, resourceful and hard working volunteers through this year’s TrustPower Community Awards.

“The Invercargill and Southland region is home to a number of voluntary and community based groups and organisations who work hard to make Invercargill and Southland  a better community to be a part of.  The Community Awards highlight and celebrate the huge contribution of these voluntary groups, both behind the scenes and through their practical hands on approach.  I’m looking forward to celebrating the successes and achievements of these groups.

A huge ‘thanks’ must go to the people who entered these wonderful voluntary groups as well,” says Miss Somerville.

The Awards cover five categories; Heritage and Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Arts and Culture, Sport and Leisure, and Education 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 2013 TrustPower National Community Awards will be held in the Invercargill and Southland region in March 2014.

The entries for the TrustPower Invercargill Southland Community Awards are currently being prepared for judging. The TrustPower Invercargill Southland Community Awards will be announced and presented at a function on Monday 9 September 2013, to which all entered organisations as well as those that entered groups will be invited.

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