Entries close today for the Trustpower Ashburton Timaru Waitaki District Community Awards.
Entries will be accepted until 5pm on May 31, and every nomination goes in the draw to win one of six $500 Prezzy cards.
This year will be the first year the regions come together at a joint function in Ashburton to celebrate their brightest stars in their communities with $18,000 in prizes at stake.
The awards, which recognise and reward the efforts of volunteers, have been running in parts of New Zealand for 25 years.
Trustpower community and communications adviser Ashleigh Cleaver said reaching this milestone inspired the company to adopt a fresh approach – increasing prize money and widening the celebration to include neighbouring districts.
“This year, the prize money 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.
“We’ve been running these awards for many years, rewarding volunteers all over the country, but I know there are still groups out there we haven’t found, humbly working away, under the radar, to make our communities a better place to live.”
Miss Cleaver said it was the locals that knew their community and knew their people so it was their chance to do their bit and nominate a group online. It only took a few minutes and could really make a difference.
The Trustpower Community Awards are run in partnership with the Ashburton, Timaru and Waitaki District councils and are open to all community organisations with a voluntary component.
Trustpower Community Award recipients are recognised for services to, but not limited to: heritage and environment; health and wellbeing; arts and culture; sport and leisure; and education and child/youth development.
Anyone can enter a group, and groups can even enter themselves.