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Volunteers in Dunedin dedicate thousands of hours to the community and are often not recognised for the invaluable work they do.
But the TrustPower Dunedin Community Awards, entries for which opened yesterday, provide an opportunity for residents to acknowledge that work.
TrustPower community relations representative Jess Somerville said the awards, which are run in conjunction with the Dunedin City Council, were open to all voluntary groups and organisations in the city.
Since the awards began in 2001, more than $58,000 has been distributed and this year a further $5250 will be awarded in five categories: heritage and environment, health and wellbeing, arts and culture, sport and leisure, and educational and child/youth development.
The supreme winner will receive $1500 and an all-expenses paid trip to the 2012 national awards. Entries close on March 16.