Students win award
Cyberbullying initiative takes top prize
A group of Central Otago youth tackling cyberbullying has won the Supreme Award at the 2014 Trustpower Central Otago District Community Awards.
The awards were announced last night at a function held at the Orchard Gardens.
For winning the Supreme Award, REAP received a framed certificate, trophy and $1500.
REAP now has the opportunity to represent the district at the 2014 Trustpower National Community Awards, which are being held in Wellington in March 2015.
In total, Trustpower has given away more than $5000 to various community groups at the ceremony.
Trustpower Community Relations Representative Emily Beaton said REAP was a group of student volunteers who ‘‘made it their mission to show their peers, parents and community that online behaviour is a part of real life’’.
‘‘These volunteers are bringing cyber bullying under the spotlight and encouraging people to think and talk about being positive online. By sharing information in a range of ways they are ensuring that it is accessible to everyone.’’
The volunteers were making a huge difference with their empowering message and peer education, Beaton said.
‘‘They should be extremely proud of themselves for the work they have done so far.’’
The competition for this year’s awards was solid with 29 groups entered, she said.
Other winners included: ◗ Heritage and Environment: Alexandra Men’s Shed (winner); Roxburgh Group Teviot Prospects (runner-up); Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery (commendation). ◗ Health and Wellbeing: Central Otago St John Health Shuttle (winner); Cromwell Community Welfare Trust (runner-up). ◗ Art and Culture: LX Ukes (winner); Clyde Theatre Group (runner-up) ◗ Sport and Leisure: Iceinline Central Incorporated (winner); Alexandra Petanque Club (runner-up) ◗ Education and Child/Youth Development: Alexandra Childcare Centre (winner); Alexandra Parents Centre (runner-up); Alexandra Youth Forum (commendation); Alexandra Branch Society of Genealogists (commendation). ◗ Supreme Winner: REAP— Sticks and Stones Cyberbullying Project. ◗ Youth Spirit: Simon Neilson, Maniototo Area School (winner); Jacinda Morton, Cromwell College (runner-up); MacCauley Harris, Dunstan High School (finalist) and Erina Jeffery, Roxburgh Area School (finalist).
Teamwork: Sticks ’n Stones School representatives from Dunstan, Cromwell College, Maniototo Area School, Roxburgh Area School and Mt Aspiring College are promoting positive online messages to the community.