‘Car­ing com­mu­nity’ award en­tries break records

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENVIRONMENT -

Palmer­ston North has topped the Com­mu­nity Awards charts this year with a na­tional record of 288 en­tries.

Run in part­ner­ship with Trust­power and the Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil, the awards recog­nise and re­ward vol­un­tary groups for the out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion they make to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

‘‘The gen­eros­ity of vol­un­teers and the va­ri­ety of projects they lend a hand to for their lo­cal com­mu­nity never ceases to amaze me,’’ Trust­power’s Jess Somerville says.

‘‘To have re­ceived 288 en­tries is mind­blow­ing and it speaks vol­umes about what a car­ing com­mu­nity Palmer­ston North is.’’

Jess says the pre­vi­ous record for en­tries was set by the Nel­son Tas­man re­gion in 2012 with 134.

The re­sults will be an­nounced at the Palmer­ston North Civic Cen­tre next Tues­day, Septem­ber 15.

The awards cover five cat­e­gories; Her­itage and En­vi­ron­ment, Health and Well­be­ing, Arts and Cul­ture, Sport and Leisure, and Ed­u­ca­tion and Child/Youth De­vel­op­ment.

The Supreme Award win­ner will take home $1,500, a tro­phy, framed cer­tifi­cate and an all-ex­penses paid trip to the Trust­power Na­tional Com­mu­nity Awards in Dunedin next March.

PHOTO: DAVID UNWIN/FAIR­FAX NZ.

Palmer­ston North Surf Life Sav­ing Club mem­ber Adam Pen­ning­ton out­side the new Hi­matangi Beach club rooms. The club won the Supreme Award at the 2014 Trust­power Palmer­ston North Com­mu­nity Awards for its fundrais­ing ef­forts.

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