Trustpower Community Awards now open

8/03/2018 3:00 p.m.

​Thursday 8 March, 2018

Ashburton District Council is encouraging local volunteer groups and organisations to get their nominations in for the Trustpower Ashburton District Community Awards, which are now open.

The awards, run in partnership with the Council, recognise the voluntary work carried out by groups in the district and are a chance to celebrate the people working to make the community an even better place to live.

“There are many groups in our community who deserve recognition for the great things that they do. Many activities, events, services and projects that our community benefits from are provided thanks to our district’s hard working volunteers who selflessly give their time and energy,” Ashburton District Mayor Donna Favel says.

“Now is your chance to say thank you to these volunteers. If there’s a group you’d like to see rewarded, or if you think your group should be recognised, I’d urge you to put their name forward before the end of May.”

The awards cover five categories; Heritage and Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Arts and Culture, Sport and Leisure, and Educational and Child/Youth Development, however groups aren’t limited to entering under a particular category, as they can be recognised for other achievements such as outstanding or long-standing service.

Trustpower Community and Communications Advisor Ashleigh Christensen says volunteers are the life-blood of our communities, and we would not function without them.

“I know there are many groups out there that still haven’t been recognised for their efforts and we’re wanting the public to help us find them. It’s quick and easy to nominate a group, just head to​.”

This year, the winning community organisations can share in an increased prize pool, after Trustpower announced it had doubled the Trustpower Community Awards to $1000, while Regional Supreme winners will receive $2000 – up from $1500 – and a trip for two to the 2018 Trustpower National Community Awards.

The awards ceremony will be jointly held for Ashburton, Timaru and Waitaki district nominees, where each district will have its own Supreme Winner and award recipients. The combined ceremony will enable groups to learn about the work going on in neighbouring communities and offer groups the chance to meet their other hardworking counterparts.

The Ashburton District 2017 Regional Supreme Winner, the Filipino Dairy Workers are in the running for the Trustpower National Community Awards, and will attend a ceremony in Queenstown next month.

Entries for the 2018 Trustpower Community Awards are open until 31 May 2018.

​​Entries also open for Trustpower Community Youth Spirit Awards

The award celebrate up and coming volunteers in the community. The Trustpower Youth Community Spirit Award is open to 17 - 18  year olds making a difference in their community. Submit an entry on the Trustpower website​.

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