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Alzeheimer’s South Canterbury has won the 2018 Timaru Supreme Award at the greatest annual celebration of volunteers, the Trustpower Community Awards.

Voluntary groups from Ashburton Timaru and Waitaki gathered with representatives from Trustpower, Ashburton, Timaru and Waitaki District Council and the community at the Ashburton Trust Events Centre to hear how 15 groups and three young people are making an impact in their community.

Trustpower Community and Communications Advisor Ashleigh Cleaver says Alzheimer’s South Canterbury were a very deserving winner, because of their outstanding fundraising efforts that have benefitted the wider community.

Traditionally known for providing a range of social work, support and education to the people and families in their region that are affected by dementia, this group went the extra mile when they rallied with the community to raise $600,000 to establish the Park Centre facility.

“It truly was a community effort - utilising their skills and energy and other community groups to work towards a joint goal that will benefit everyone” says Ms Cleaver.

“The centre is to provide opportunities for not-for-profit groups to work together, pooling knowledge and resources which would increase client’s social networks and allow opportunity for a more comprehensive service “

In attendance for winning the Supreme Award, Alzheimer’s South Canterbury received a framed certificate, a trophy, and $2,000 prize money.

The group will go on to represent Timaru at the 2018 Trustpower National Community Awards, when volunteers from 26 regions from around New Zealand gather in Tauranga next March.

It’s the first time Ashburton, Timaru and Waitaki have celebrated together at a single awards function and the venue location will alternate between the three regions each year.

Other winners at tonight’s Trustpower Community Awards for Ashburton, Timaru and Waitaki were:

Youth Community Spirit
Finalist – Summer Anderson
Finalist – Ben Hargreaves
Finalist- Laura Seyb
Winner Ashburton – Rosie Smith
Winner Timaru – Blake Steel
Winner Waitaki – Georgia Vickers

Trustpower Community Awards Finalists
Hospice Mid Canterbury Trust
Mid Canterbury Youth Charitable Trust
Mt Hutt Ski Area & Methven Lions
House of Breakthrough Oamaru
The Friends of Ashburton Hospital & Turangi Home
SeniorNet South Canterbury
Geraldine Ukulele
South Canterbury Roller Sports Club
Forest & Bird – Waitaki Branch
House of Breakthrough Oamaru
North Otago Riding for the Disabled
SeniorNet South Canterbury

Trustpower Community Awards Recipients
Age Concern Ashburton
Aoraki Migrant Centre
Special Olympics North Otago
Heart Kids South Canterbury
Lions Club of Ashburton
Vanished World
South Canterbury Indian Cultural Society
Waitaki Community Gardens
Lions Club of Ashburton County
Timaru Blind Foundation Community Committee
Waitaki Resource Recovery Trust 

Supreme Winner – Ashburton
Lauriston School Support

Supreme Winner – Timaru
Alzheimer’s South Canterbury

Supreme Winner – Waitaki
The Whalan Lodge Trust