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Filipino Dairy Workers saw Ashburton District well-represented

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Filipino Dairy Workers did the Ashburton District volunteer community proud at the Trustpower National Community Awards in the Queenstown Lakes District this weekend.

Earl Magitbay and Urduja Pasion represented the group, with Mayor Donna Favel also on hand to support the team over the weekend. These representatives took their community project head to head with the country’s best and brightest volunteer groups and projects on a national stage, full of friendly competition.

Filipino Dairy Workerscame out on top at the Trustpower Ashburton District Community Awards last year, which earnt them their spot at the Trustpower National Community Awards.

Trustpower Community and Communications Advisor, Ash Cleaver, said although the Ashburton District group did not come away as award recipients, their achievements shouldn’t be forgotten or discounted.

"The Filipino Dairy workers have come so far since they were just a small group, ten years ago chatting about the trials of dairy farming," said Cleaver.

"They are now a fully established, non-profit organization of 300 members and their families. They are dedicated to providing services, support and catering to the needs of Filipino dairy workers in the Mid-Canterbury region".

The national competition brought together 25 groups from across 27 regions - all who were named Supreme Winners of last year’s Trustpower Community Awards, a programme run in partnership with local Councils.

The Awards were announced on Saturday evening (14 April) at the 2017 Trustpower National Community Awards Dinner, held at the Kawarau Bungy.

Edgecumbe Volunteer Fire Brigade, representing Whakatane District, were named Supreme Winner, and South Invercargill Urban Rejuvenation Charitable Trust (South Alive), a group representing the Invercargill Southland District, was named Runner-Up. The Whetū Mātaiata Award winner (for an up-and-coming group), was Kura Precious Ones Special Needs Support Group from the Wairoa District.

In between a weekend of sight-seeing and networking, the Filipino Dairy Workers volunteers gave an eight-minute presentation on what the group has achieved. The groups were judged on their presentations, along with a 1,000 word summary of the organisation, by their peers and a panel of independent judges.

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