Owaka shows off supreme trophy

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Good Samaritans from Clutha, ranging from hard-working volunteers to special buddies to horse trekking enthusiasts and community-minded petrolheads, were acknowledged last week at the annual Trustpower community awards, held in Dunedin.

Heading the list was the Owaka cavalcade host town committee which won the supreme award winner for the Clutha District.

Committee member Katy Button said she was pretty overwhelmed by the announcement at the awards ceremony.

“We were all shaking, because as they read out the citation, we realised it was us they were talking about.

“On the way home that night we were calling everyone to tell them the good news.”

She said that the award recognised all the work done by a lot of people in Owaka and the Catlins, as almost everyone there worked hard to make hosting the cavalcade a success.

Committee president Alistair Perrin said everyone in the district and on the committee had done a marvellous job.

“It was great to have meetings that were all over and done within a short time, because people did what was asked of them,” he said.

Other Trustpower community awards winners from the Clutha District were the Balclutha Playcentre, the Buddy Programme South Otago, the Kaitangata Car Show & Run and the Lawrence Lions Club.

Secretary of the Kaitangata Car Show & Run, Louise McLaren, said she and her team were thrilled to bits to receive the award.

“It’s really nice to be be recognised and I’m giving a big shout out to all the sponsors, participants and stall holders who have kept us going all these years,” she said.

Balclutha Playcentre president Vicki Cameron said she was absolutely rapt that the volunteers and all their good work had been recognised.

“The $1000 prize will go a long way to help us as we are entirely volunteer-run,” she said.

Lawrence Lions Club president Min Bain said it was pretty amazing and he was very humbled by it all.

“It goes to show the great efforts put in by our volunteers and it’s good for them to be recognised,” Mr Bain said.

The Buddy Programme South Otago co-ordinator Heidi Marsh said it great to be recognised by the community.

“Our volunteers are the heart of the programme and it was really good that their work has been recognised,” she said.

Tokomairiro High student Bronson Blackbourn (17) won Youth Community Spirit for his exemplary community service record in the Milton area.

Bronson said he felt privileged to have been recognised by his community.

“I do what I do because I enjoy helping those who need help and have always had a passion for helping, right from a young age.”

“I’ve been so lucky to have such amazing friends and family who have supported me in my endeavours, without whom, I possibly could not have achieved what I have to this day,” he said.