Members of Ignite Consultancy's executive team celebrating their Supreme Award at Nova cafe last night are (front from left) Alice Marsh (22), Alex Devereux (23), Rachel Murdoch (22), Georgia Robertson (21) and (back from left) Calum Brash (24), Joanna Lambert (23), Sophia Faure (21) and Jordan Campbell (24). Photo by Linda Robertson.
A charitable organisation set up by University of Otago
students to help not-for-profit organisations has won the
2014 TrustPower Dunedin Community Awards.
The awards were presented last night at Toitu Settlers Museum
by Mayor Dave Cull and members of Trustpower's leadership
Ignite Consultants received the Supreme Award for using the
skills of students to help not-for-profit organisations.
''It is a really great initiative that benefits many
different people throughout our community,'' TrustPower
community relations representative Emily Beaton said.
Each semester, Ignite recruited students, put them in teams
and they worked for about eight weeks on an assigned project
related to an organisation, with mentors from the university
and Dunedin's business community.
Ignite chief executive Alex Devereux said the award gave the
group the encouragement it needed as it looked to its future
''It validates the work we do.''
Ignite will represent Dunedin at the 2014 TrustPower National
Community Awards, which will be held in Wellington in March
Alongside the community awards, TrustPower and the Dunedin
City Council recognised secondary school pupils' service to
their school and community with a Youth Community Spirit
It was presented to Otago Girls' High School pupil Shirley
Zang, who was described by her teachers as an ''amazing young
woman with a heart of gold, changing the world with one
project at a time''.
She received $750 in prize money, with $250 to be given to a
community organisation of her choice.
A record 116 entries were received for this year's awards.
Other winners were. -Heritage and environment: Spokes
Dunedin, 1, Strath Taieri Community Centre Redevelopment 2.
Health and wellbeing: FoodShare, 1; The Night Shelter, 2; St
Leonards School Community, special award; The Breast Room,
Arts and culture: He Waka Kotuia - King's and Queen's High
Schools Kapa Haka Group, 1; The Rothesay News, 2.
Sport and leisure: Green Hut Track Group, 1; Crooked Spoke,
Education and child/youth development: ChatBus, 1; Toy
Library Waikouaiti, 2.
Youth spirit: Shirley Zhang, 1; Vivian Griffiths, 2.