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West Coast Residents Recognise Importance of Volunteers

31 July 2013

West Coast Residents Recognise Importance of Volunteers

Locals have really got behind their volunteers with 43 entries received for the TrustPower Grey District Community Awards and 26 entries for the TrustPower Westland Community Awards.

Entries for the Community Awards closed on Friday 7 June. The TrustPower West Coast Community Awards, which recognise and reward voluntary groups for the outstanding contribution they make to the local community, are run in partnership with the Grey and Westland District Councils.

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.

“I’m over the moon with the amount of entries this year! The Community Awards are all about recognising the hard work of these voluntary groups. The work is often done behind the scenes and the volunteers work tirelessly and give so much for the benefit of those who live in the Grey and Westland District.

A huge ‘thanks’ must go to the people who entered these wonderful voluntary groups as well,” says Jess 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 Grey District Community Awards and the Westland District Community Awards are currently being prepared for judging. The TrustPower Grey and Westland District Community Awards will be announced and presented at a function in Westland on Monday 12 August and in Grey on Tuesday 13 August, to which all entered organisations as well as those that entered groups will be invited.

www.trustpower.co.nz/communityawards

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