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Volunteers are behind almost anything that is fun, cool, exciting, helpful and wonderful in a community. Volunteers are behind the reason a place a lovely to live in, be it because they have cleaned up the local park or they have painted up some dark alleyways or they have been running shuttle services that help you out or they are there umpiring and coaching your sports teams. Volunteers dedicate thousands of hours to the community. 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.
Kathlene Cook, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

Locals have just a few more days to ensure their favourite voluntary groups are part of the Taupō District’s biggest celebration of volunteers.

Entries for the Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards close at 5pm on Friday 15 July, and there is more than $5,000 in total up for grabs!

In partnership with the Taupō District Council and supported by The Hits Taupō, the Trustpower Community Awards recognise and reward voluntary groups and organisations for the outstanding contribution they make to the local community.

The Supreme Winner of the Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards will represent the Taupō District at the 2016 Trustpower National Community Awards. Last year’s Supreme Winner for the Community Awards was Creative Catwalk.

Creative Catwalk were named the Supreme Winners for their creative fundraising event which provides a platform for local artists, students and the community to get involved in. Volunteers drive every aspect of this event and they successfully raised $20,000 for Lake Taupo Hospice while providing a wonderful community event for their region.

Creative Catwalk joined 24 other voluntary organisations representing their regions at the 2015 Trustpower National Community Awards, which is a weekend all about networking, learning and inspiring one another. Each group also took to the stage to share their story in an eight minute presentation, which was judge by the other 24 groups and an independent judging panel. The National Supreme Winner was the West Otago Health Trust from the Clutha District.

The Trustpower Community Awards programme has been part of the Taupō District since 2000. Each year, usually 50 – 60 groups are entered for the Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards. Last year 52 entries were received.    

Trustpower Community Relations Representative Kathlene Cook says there are many voluntary groups out there providing services, organising activities, supporting those who need it and running events in the community, who deserve to be entered into the Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards for their contributions to the community.

“Volunteers are behind almost anything that is fun, cool, exciting, helpful and wonderful in a community. Volunteers are behind the reason a place a lovely to live in, be it because they have cleaned up the local park or they have painted up some dark alleyways or they have been running shuttle services that help you out or they are there umpiring and coaching your sports teams. Volunteers dedicate thousands of hours to the community. 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.

These Awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise and honour some of the Taupō District’s hardworking and generous volunteers and it means we get the chance to share with the community all the wonderful things that this district’s volunteers are doing for the benefit of many. 

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. 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 Taupō District Community Awards – voluntary groups and organisations can even enter themselves.  But act now because entries close on Friday 15 July.

Entry forms are available from Council offices or service centres. Entry forms can also be received by calling Kathlene at Trustpower on 0800 87 11 11 or online on our Trustpower Community Facebook page or at at www.Trustpower.co.nz/communityawards

The Awards will be presented at a function on Monday 5 September at the Great Lakes Centre, Taupō.