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The best parts of all our communities will have volunteers behind them or more-often-than-not are completely volunteer driven. These awards are all about recognising this passion given by people. It is all about saying a big ‘thank you’ for the long hours, the energy spent and the many, many cups of teas made to keep the team going!
Kathlene Cook, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

Locals have just a few more days to ensure their favourite voluntary groups are part of the Whakatāne District’s biggest celebration of volunteers. Entries for the Trustpower Whakatāne District Community Awards close at 5pm, Friday 10 June and there is more than $5000 up for grabs.

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

This is the fifth year that the Trustpower Whakatāne District Community Awards have been run. Last year, 54 entries for the Trustpower Community Awards were received.

Trustpower Community Relations Representative Kathlene Cook can’t wait to see all the amazing voluntary groups put forward by the community, and believes there are plenty of voluntary groups providing services, activities, support and events in the community and often they are not recognised for the invaluable work they do.

“The best parts of all our communities will have volunteers behind them or more-often-than-not are completely volunteer driven. These awards are all about recognising this passion given by people. It is all about saying a big ‘thank you’ for the long hours, the energy spent and the many, many cups of teas made to keep the team going!

Volunteers dedicate thousands of hours to the community. Volunteers fundraise, they build and preserve things and they host events. They coordinate health support groups and they teach new skills and sports and then there are others who will even save your life and property if they need to.

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 is also a time for groups themselves to put themselves forward (humble as they may be) and get recognised for the great work they do. There are two weeks left to enter groups - 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 Kathlene.  

Anyone can enter a group or organisation for the Trustpower Whakatāne District Community Awards – voluntary groups and organisations can even enter themselves.  But act now because entries close on Friday 10 June.

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 Murupara Youth Leadership Projects team.  

 

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, on the Trustpower Community Facebook page or you can call Kathlene Cook on 0800 87 11 11 and she will take your entry over the phone.

The regional Trustpower Whakatāne District Community Awards will be presented at a function on Monday 1 August.