WINNERS: Recipients of 2007 TrustPower Waipa District Community Awards on Monday night with TrustPower Community Relations Manager Graeme Purches (second from right) and Waipa Deputy Mayor Peter Lee. 207071AD
By Dean Taylor
Armistice in Cambridge came out on top at this year’s TrustPower Waipa District Community Awards, and will represent the district at the national finals in Wanaka next year, but Te Awamutu organisations took out 10 of the 16 other awards made on this night.
Over the five categories local groups topped three, including joint winners of Educational and Child Youth Development by Te Awamutu SPCA and St Johns Parish Church.
TrustPower Community Relations Manager Graeme Purches commented that in all his time working on community awards he had never seen a group like St Johns receive so many nominations for running so many programmes.
Te Awamutu Lions received a runner-up award for Heritage and Environment for the Climax restorations project and a commendation in Arts and Culture for the Food and Wine Festival.
The work of Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society was also highly impressive to the judging panel and Te Awamutu Rod and Custom Club gave Armistice in Cambridge a close run for Supreme Award.
ARMISTICE IN CAMBRIDGE
For winning the Supreme Award, Armistice in Cambridge received a framed certificate, a trophy, $1,500 prize money and a six month subscription to Fundraising in New Zealand magazine, New Zealand’s only monthly publication dedicated to all things fundraising.
Armistice in Cambridge aims to raise New Zealander’s awareness of the huge, and often unheralded, contribution and sacrifice by our soldiers during World War 1, and has progressed since its inception in 2001 to become an iconic event for the Waipa District. Mr Purches says by establishing this annual family day for the enjoyment of the community, the volunteers working behind the scenes provide an event that not only attracts military enthusiasts, but also educates many about the history of Armistice and its importance.