Nominations are sought to recognise local superstars in the Clutha district.
As of Thursday last week, the Clutha District Council (CDC) confirmed it had received only four nominations for the annual community service awards.
During a council meeting, a council spokeswoman said nominations for the awards would be extended until more were received.
Last year, volunteer groups and individuals within the district received recognition for efforts they had made to benefit their community.
Giving back to the community in a personalised way was something postpartum mother support group Blessed Box received recognition for last year.
The group has been on a roll since 2020 and it continues to do its part in providing support to new mums within the Clutha district.
Volunteers and organisers have continued to curate boxes containing a prepared family meal, cupcakes and other treats, as well as breastfeeding and sleep-deprivation snacks, and give them to local mums.
Their mission to connect the community through supporting and nourishing mothers in the post-partum period through the gift of food was recognised with a CDC community service award last year.
Founder and member Olivia Mathieson said the award was ‘‘really amazing’’ and the team felt very appreciated and acknowledged for the work it had done.
It received $1000 with its award and Mrs Mathieson said the money went towards groceries to make more boxes.
She said volunteering to help out new mothers was ‘‘a massive commitment, but so rewarding’’.
‘‘A lot of us are also mothers, so we juggle this along with our everyday lives. After each monthly cook, we feel accomplished and we feel so good to be able to be there for others at a time in need.
‘‘A lot of us didn’t get out and do much socialising before this, so it was also a way to connect through volunteering and coming together to do good in our community.’’
Nomination forms for community service awards can be found on the CDC website.