Duntroon School’s Home and School group was a popular winner of the supreme award at the Trustpower Waitaki Community Awards at the Oamaru Opera House on Monday night.
The group’s volunteers were recognised for their efforts in running the Danseys Pass Trail Ride, which attracts between 800 and 1000 riders to the area annually, and is held as a fundraiser for the school.
Duntroon School Home and School representative Peter Spite said the school’s children were fortunate as the community help around them was so strong.
“The landowners are the real heroes, donating their land every year. They are very generous.”
Trustpower community relations representative Kathlene Cook said the school was “blazing a trail” that others could follow.
“Schools are the heart of the community, and this is especially true for rural communities. The Duntroon School Home and School volunteers work tirelessly every year to put together the Danseys Pass trail ride.
“But this event means more than just money to this rural community.
“It means unity and community spirit.
“It provides an active and challenging activity for young and old. It’s a community celebration of what their town means and who they are proud to be.”
The group will now represent Waitaki at the Trustpower National Community Awards in Rotorua in March.