Entries close on Friday for the TrustPower Queenstown Lakes
District Community Awards, recognising voluntary groups in
Run in partnership with the Queenstown Lakes District
Council, the awards recognise and reward voluntary groups and
organisations for the contributions they make to the
Now in their 15th year, 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 and runners-up
The overall winner receives $1500 and the opportunity to
attend, free of charge, the national community awards.
Last year's supreme winner was Sevens with Altitude.
TrustPower community relations representative Jess Somerville
believed there were still many groups providing services,
activities, support and events in the community and often
they were not recognised for the invaluable work they did.
''Volunteers dedicate thousands of hours to the community. We
must remember that volunteers fundraise, they build and
preserve things and they host events.
''They co-ordinate 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.''
• Anyone can enter a group or organisation for the awards, or
they can self-nominate. Entries close at 5pm on Friday. Entry
forms are available from the council offices in Gorge Rd,
online at www.trustpower.co.nz/communityawards,
or by calling 0800-871-111.