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Without volunteers the places we live would be very different. Volunteers provide care, love, culture and support - pretty much anything that is great in the community has volunteers behind it
Kathlene Cook, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

There are only a couple of weeks left to enter the Whanganui District’s hard working volunteer groups for the Trustpower Energy Direct Community Awards.

These awards are into their fourth year of celebrating the regions’ volunteers and they acknowledge volunteers in a range of categories from Health and Wellbeing to Sports and Leisure.  Also celebrated is an overall Supreme Winner, and last year this was Whanganui’s wonderful Friends of the Opera House. 

This group went on to represent their region at the Nationals in Dunedin in March this year.  

“Taking out the Supreme Winner spot is a wonderful opportunity for groups. A fully-paid weekend away networking with volunteer groups from 26 other districts and their mayors is a great way for groups to get re-inspired, to learn new ideas and to celebrate their group’s success.

But everyone entered in these Community Awards are winners! They have been put forward to be recognised for many hours long work, for sacrifices from all of them and for making our communities great.

Without volunteers the places we live would be very different. Volunteers provide care, love, culture and support - pretty much anything that is great in the community has volunteers behind it”, says Trustpower Community Relations Representative Kathlene Cook.

Now it’s the community’s chance to say ‘thanks’ to these volunteers who work hard for the community. Its takes less than five minutes to enter a voluntary group but it will make a real difference to the volunteers you are recognising.

Anyone can enter a voluntary group for the Awards – groups can even enter themselves.

“Trustpower has more than $5,000 to give through this year’s local Awards,” says Kathlene.  

The Supreme Winner of this year’s awards will represent the district at the Trustpower National Community Awards, being held in Rotorua next March.

Entries close on Friday 19 August. Entry forms are available at any Council office or service centre, online at www.trustpower.co.nz/communityawards or by calling Trustpower Community Relations on 0800 87 11 11.