Helping raise $6000 for World Vision was among the efforts that won Timaru student Natalie Lagesse the TrustPower Youth Community Spirit Award last night.
The Mountainview High School student was named winner of the TrustPower Timaru District Youth Community Award at an awards ceremony last night at the district council chambers.
TrustPower spokesperson Jess Somerville said Natalie was a very generous young lady who selflessly committed herself to a variety of projects at her school and in the community.
"Natalie volunteers her time and energy to a number of groups and projects at her school, including the school council, she is a peer support leader and she does buddy reading with a special needs student.
She is also the World Vision ambassador for Mountainview High School and in this role they raised an impressive $6064 for this charity.
"Out in the community this caring young lady is a leader of a youth group, has completed significant fundraising for CanTeen and she gives up a lot of her time to support younger children and families with cancer and special needs children."
In her essay Natalie explained that her motivation was simple: "I love people and I believe in what these organisations I am affiliated with do for people."
Natalie's school commended her positive approach to everything she undertook and said she was a respected leader with a strong sense of social responsibility.
For winning the award she will receive a trophy, framed certificate and $500 prizemoney, with $250 given to a community group or organisation of her choice.
The TrustPower Youth Community Award recognises secondary school students' service to the school and the community. It is jointly run by TrustPower and Timaru District Council.
Local high schools were asked to recommend one student to be considered for the award. The other finalists were Sam Dunn, from Timaru Boys' High School, and Kourtney Rogers, from Craighead Diocesan School.
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