Call­ing vol­un­teer groups

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS - RICHARD MAYS

More than $5000 is avail­able for Palmer­ston North’s com­mu­nity groups. To qual­ify, all they have to do is en­ter the Trust­power Palmer­ston North Com­mu­nity Awards be­fore July 21.

Trust­power com­mu­nity re­la­tions rep­re­sen­ta­tive Teresa Par­tridge said the awards, run in part­ner­ship with the Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil, were open to all vol­un­tary groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions work­ing to make Palmer- ston North a bet­ter place to live.

‘‘Any­one can en­ter a vol­un­tary group or or­gan­i­sa­tion – they can even en­ter them­selves.’’

Since the awards be­gan in 2001, Par­tridge said more than $90,000 had been given away to lo­cal vol­un­tary groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions.

‘‘Palmer­ston North is a com­mu­nity-minded city that has an im­pres­sive vol­un­teer­ing cul­ture.

‘‘I’m look­ing for­ward to learn­ing about what these vol­un­teers have been achiev­ing, and I hope to see the com­mu­nity come on board to recog­nise these unsung heroes.’’

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

En­try forms are avail­able from city coun­cil of­fices and ser­vice cen­tres, from Par­tridge on 0800 87 11 11, or can be com­pleted on­line at Trust­power.co.nz/ com­mu­nityawards.

Cast of the 2015 Abbey Mu­si­cal The­atre pro­duc­tion of ‘‘Mamma Mia!’’ which helped win the 2016 Trust­power Com­mu­nity Awards.

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