Countdown Begins To National Community Awards
Tararua and Palmerston North Lions Clubs get ready to tackle the country’s best. In just a couple of days the Dannevirke Host Lions Club Inc. and the Lions Club of Fitzherbert will go head to head with the country’s best and brightest voluntary groups and organisations at the TrustPower National Community Awards.
The 2012 TrustPower National Community Awards are being held in the Ashburton District from 22 - 24 March 2013.
The Dannevirke Host Lions Club Inc. is representing the Tararua District at the National Community Awards for the Need to Feed community food drive, while the Lions Club of Fitzherbert is representing Palmerston North city for the annual Tour De Manawatu. The two groups both won the Supreme Award at the regional TrustPower Community Awards.
Joining the two groups at the National Community Awards will be representatives from 22 other voluntary groups or organisations from around the country that were named Supreme Winner at their regional TrustPower Community Awards.
At the National Community Awards, Dannevirke Host Lions Club Inc. and the Lions Club of Fitzherbert will each give an eight minute presentation on what the group has achieved and why they deserve the title of TrustPower National Community Awards Supreme Winner. The groups will be judged on that presentation, along with a 1,000 word summary of their organisation.
The presentations will take place on Saturday 23 March at the Turner Centre in Kerikeri, with the Winner and Runner-Up being announced at an Awards dinner that evening being held at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
TrustPower Community Relations Representative Teresa Partridge says both groups have spent many hours preparing what are sure to be fantastic presentations for the TrustPower National Community Awards.
“The Tararua and Palmerston North communities should be really proud of what Dannevirke Lions Club and the Lions Club of Fitzherbert have achieved as well as what they contribute to their community. They will make wonderful ambassadors for your community at the TrustPower National Community Awards,” says Mrs Partridge.
Attending the National Community Awards from the Dannevirke Lions Club will be Ces Edwards and Maurice Millar, along with Tararua Mayor Roly Ellis and his wife Phillipa. Representing the Lions Club of Fitzherbert is Ron O’Leary and Phil Theobald, along with Palmerston North City Mayor Jono Naylor and his wife Karen.
The TrustPower National Community Awards Supreme Winner will take home $2,500, a framed certificate, a trophy and a $500 voucher from Exult, a leading and specialist training provider for the community sector. The Runner Up will receive $1,500, a framed certificate and a $200 voucher from Exult.
Photos; Tour de Manawatu 2012 above. Above right, Dannevirke Lions with back left, mayor Roly Ellis and back right Graeme Purches, Trust Power Community Relations Manager. Photo courtesy of Bush Telegraph.