Vol­un­teer awards

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Vol­un­teer groups in Porirua were to the fore last week with the an­nounce­ment of the city’s fi­nal­ists for the Wellington Air­port Re­gional Com­mu­nity Awards.

‘‘ We are lucky to have such ded­i­cated com­mu­nity vol­un­teers here in Porirua,’’ mayor Nick Leggett said at the cer­e­mony at Pataka.

‘‘Their work makes a huge dif­fer­ence to the lives of many in our city and con­trib­utes to Porirua’s unique sense of com­mu­nity.’’

The an­nual awards recog­nise the con­tri­bu­tion of vol­un­teers across five cat­e­gories – art and cul­ture, ed­u­ca­tion and child/youth de­velop- ment, health and well­be­ing, her­itage and en­vi­ron­ment, and sport and leisure. The supreme win­ner in Porirua was Part­ners Porirua Char­i­ta­ble Trust, who also won the ed­u­ca­tion cat­e­gory.

Other cat­e­gory win­ners were Preg­nancy Help Inc ( health and well­be­ing), Guardians of Pau­ata­hanui In­let (her­itage and en­vi­ron­ment) Porirua parkrun (sport and leisure) and Vir­tu­oso Strings Char­i­ta­ble Trust (arts and cul­ture).

Th­ese win­ners will rep­re­sent Porirua at the re­gional awards in Wellington later this year, with the chance to go on to the na­tion­als.

Vol­un­teer win­ners: From left, Porirua mayor Nick Leggett with Part­ners Porirua’s Michelle Robin­son and Henry Samia.

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