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More prize money on offer in community awards

Thursday, March 8, 2018

WBOP Community Award Winners from 2017.

Local community organisations can share in an increased prize pool this year, with entries now open for the Trustpower Community Awards.

The Trustpower Community Awards, which recognise and reward the efforts of volunteers, first took place 25 years ago right here in the Western Bay.

Trustpower Community and Communications Advisor Abbie Siely says reaching this milestone has inspired the company to adopt a fresh approach – increasing prize money and widening the celebration to include neighbouring districts.

“While it’s clear that locals love the chance to celebrate the efforts of volunteers in their community, it’s no surprise that for many community organisations finances are a constant concern. That’s why we’ve increased the prize money available to Trustpower Community Awards recipients.

“This year, the prizemoney for a Trustpower Community Award will double to $1000. Regional Supreme Winners will receive $2000 – up from $1500 last year – and a trip for two to the 2018 Trustpower National Community Awards.”

Miss Siely said the Trustpower National Community Awards, which bring together 25 Regional Supreme Winners from around New Zealand, had inspired another exciting change to the local awards.

“Every group can have these same opportunities with their neighbouring districts. So this year, Tauranga City and Western Bay of Plenty District will celebrate their community spirit and the achievements of volunteers together at a shared event in Tauranga.

"Each district will have its own Supreme Winner and award recipients, but the ideas and inspiration will extend out into the wider region.”

Enter online here. Entries close Thursday, May 31.

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