Catalyst Trust win top Queenstown Lakes community award
Catalyst Trust took out gold in Queenstown Lakes District community awards on Tuesday night.
The trust received $1500 for winning the supreme award at Trustpower's competition.
Trustpower community relations representative Emily Beaton said the winner was empowering the community to them to make an impact on the world.
"They are a catalyst for learning, intellectual and cultural development in the community and for stimulating community engagement, discussion and debate on issues of local, national and international importance," Beaton said.
"These volunteers are driven, motivated and passionate and are making a real impact. We can't wait for them to share their story on the national stage," she said.
One of trusts events was the inSight science and future week in Queenstown, at the beginning of September, which presented a sneak peak into the future based on more than 20 free events.
The Catalyst Trust will represent the district at the 2016 Trustpower National Community Award in March 2017 held in Rotorua.
All together on Tuesday night Trustpower has given away over $5,000 to community groups.
Awards were give to:
Heritage and Environment
Runner up: Plastic Bag Free Wanaka
Winner: Lakeside Rugby Club
Health and Wellbeing
Commendation: Happiness House Trust
Commendation: Makarora Volunteer Rural Fire Force
Runner up: Wakatipu Search and Rescue
Winner: Upper Clutha Children's Medical Trust
Arts and Culture
Runner up: Queenstown Patchwork and Quilters Group
Winner: LUMA Light Festival Charitable Trust
Sports and Leisure
Runner up: Netball Upper Clutha – Primary School Netball
Winner: Wanaka Riding for the Disabled
Education and Child Youth Development
Commendation: Big Buddy Programme – Queenstown
Runner up: Glenorchy School Parents Teachers and Friends Association
Winner: Wanaka Kids Club
Winner: Ashley Burney, Wakatipu High School