Nom­i­na­tions needed soon

The Tribune (NZ) - - COMMUNITY -

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.

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