Chris Te’o, Talalelei Taufale and Porirua Mayor Mike Tana spent the week end in Tauranga amongst 26 other National finalists of the Trust Power National Community Awards sharing, presenting, and judging to find the top volunteer group(s) in New Zealand. These were announced at the awards dinner last night.
Congratulations Supreme award winners Matipo Community Development Charitable Trust (Whanganui). The outstanding holistic approach to the community Garden and the outcomes achieved is exemplary for us all. Runners up South Catlins Charitable Trust (Invercargill) and Whetau Mataiata Award winner’s Under the Stars (Tauranga) are glowing examples of passion and commitment to help their communities.
USO Bike Ride were in the mix too - We were awarded the inaugural Trust Power Award.
Needless to say we were speechless. It really was a humbling privilege, especially when you consider the depth and quality of the volunteer work of all of the 26 other finalists- each finalist had a fantastic story of service to their respective communities.
Thank you Lord for blessing us with this opportunity. There are so many people to thank and acknowledge - our Porirua School community, Principals, lead riders, USO Riders and their families, community leaders, supporters and of course Mayor Mike Tana. This would not be possible without you.
We will continue to do our best to serve our communities and do our part.
Finally thanks to Trust Power, Board members, staff, Mayors, counsillors and sponsors who make this event possible.
Our list of things potentially could increase ten fold. But first, we think it may be a good call to go for a ride to just breathe, re charge the batteries and go for gold!
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