Nominations needed soon
There are just a few more weeks for Palmy-nauts to ensure their favourite voluntary groups are entered for the Trustpower Palmerston North Community Awards. Nominations close at the end of next week, Friday, July 31.
Run by Trustpower in partnership with the Palmerston North City Council, the awards acknowledge volunteer groups and organisations for the contributions they make to their community. Now in its eleventh year, the awards have helped invest more than $53,000 back into the region’s grass roots communities.
Last year, 92 entries were received for 54 different groups.
However, Trustpower’s Jess Somerville suspects there are still many groups providing services, activities, support and events in the community, who are often not recognised for doing so.
‘‘The value of volunteering is huge; we know New Zealand is a giving nation. In 2013, the World Giving Index classed us in the top 10 nations for volunteering and giving,’’ Jess says. ‘‘These awards are all about finding those volunteer groups, new and old, and giving them some special attention, even if they are sometimes reluctant heroes.’’
In many cases, without the input of these volunteers and their organisations, many communities wouldn’t function without them.
Anyone can enter a group or organisation for the awards – groups and organisations can even enter themselves. Category winners receive $500 and runners-up take home $250. The Supreme Winner receives $1500 and the opportunity to attend the national awards at no cost. Last year’s winner was the Palmerston North Surf Life Saving Club, which successfully fundraised for the new surf club.
Entry forms are available from council offices and service centres, or online on Trustpower Community’s Facebook page.