‘Caring community’ award entries break records
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.
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.