Spotlight on local volunteers


The search is on to unearth Waipa's hardworking voluntary groups with entries now open for the TrustPower Waipa District Community Awards.

The Awards, which are run in partnership with the Waipa District Council, are open to all voluntary groups and organisations working to make Waipa a better place to live.

Since the TrustPower Waipa District Community Awards began in 2000 more than $63,000 has been given away to deserving voluntary groups and organisations. This year more than $5000 is up for grabs.

Anyone can enter a voluntary group or organisation for the TrustPower Waipa District Community Awards - voluntary groups and organisations can even enter themselves.

Last year 51 groups were entered for the TrustPower Waipa District Community Awards.

TrustPower community relations representative Teresa Partridge believes Waipa has many amazing voluntary groups and is looking forward to seeing what groups will surface this year.

"Waipa is a community-minded district that has an impressive volunteering culture. I'm looking forward to learning about what these volunteers have been achieving, and I hope to see the community come on board to recognise these unsung heroes.

Entry forms for the TrustPower Community Awards are available from Council offices or service centres or can be completed online at www.trustpower.co.nz/communityawards. Entries can also be received over the phone by calling Teresa Partridge on 0800 87 11 11.

The awards cover five categories; Heritage and Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Arts and Culture, Sport and Leisure, and Educational and Child/Youth Development. Category winners receive $500, runners-up receive $250 and the Supreme Winner will take home $1500 and an all-expenses paid trip to the 2013 TrustPower National Community Awards.

Last year's TrustPower Waipa District Community Awards Supreme Winner was Cambridge BMX Club.

Entries for the TrustPower Waipa District Community Awards close at 5pm on Friday, March 22.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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