Palmerston Lions Club Secures Top Award

Published: Wed 24 Aug 2011 03:18 PM
Media Release, Wednesday 24 July
Palmerston Lions Club Secures Top Award
The Palmerston Lions Club has won the Supreme Award at the TrustPower Waihemo Community Awards.
The Awards were announced and presented Monday 22 August at a function at the Waihemo Lodge.
For winning the Supreme Award, the Palmerston Lions Club received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money. The Palmerston Lions Club now has the opportunity to represent the district at the 2011 TrustPower National Community Awards, which are being held in the Ashburton District in March 2012.
In total, TrustPower has given away over $5,000 to various community groups through tonight's Awards.
TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville says the Palmerston Lions Club and their contribution to the community play a vital support role.
"The Palmerston Lions Club is the organisers behind iconic events such as Kelly's Canter or the Summer Golf tournament. Lions Club volunteers handle everything from organising sponsors, security, ticketing and even catering. Since their inception in 1939 they have raised over $1 million dollars for community projects.
These fundraisers have a broad impact on the community with groups such as the Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation and Palmerston Primary most recently benefitting from these efforts.
The Palmerston Lions Club are on a mission to foster the well being and spirit of the local community and help others along the way, and it is clear they have fun doing it!" says Miss Somerville.
Mayor Alex Familton says the TrustPower Community Awards recognise the importance of Volunteers in our community.
"Volunteers are the heart and soul of our community and we would be lost without them", says Mr Familton.
The competition for this year's TrustPower Waihemo Community Awards was strong with 21 groups nominated for the Awards.
Other winners at tonight's TrustPower Waihemo Community Awards were:
Heritage and Environment Winner: Waihemo Wastebusters and Resource Recovery Incorporated
Runner-Up: Hampden Community Energy Society Incorporated
Health and Well Being Winner: Palmerston Senior Club Runner-Up: Hampden Senior Citizens
Arts and Culture Winner: East Otago Woodturners Incorporated Runner-Up: Puketapu Radio Sport and Leisure Winner: East Otago District Lions Runner-Up: Hampden Skyline Organising Group Runner-Up: Puketapu Linedancers
Education and Child/Youth Development Winner: Royal New Zealand Plunket Society East Otago Branch Runner-Up: Palmerston Guides Runner-Up: Palmerston Toy Library
Supreme Winner Palmerston Lions Club
The Awards are being presented at a function this evening, Monday 22 August, at the Waihemo Lodge, starting at 6pm. Media are welcome to attend.

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