Let’s honour our unsung heroes

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If you know any of the great lads and lasses who volunteer their time for the community, now is the time to shoulder-tap them for recognition of their service.

Nominations are now open for Waimate’s 2014 Civic Awards, to recognise the work of the Waimate District’s volunteers who keep the place running through the donation of their time and effort.

Waimate Mayor Craig Rowley said the civic awards allowed the community to thank the volunteers who ran things such as the fire service, the ambulances and more.

“The Civic Awards are for a member of the community who has been outstanding in giving up their time,” he said.

“It’s our opportunity to give something back to the unsung heroes of the Waimate District.”

These people were essential to the community but traditionally were not acknowledged for their work, he said.

The selection committee will decide on the award-winners based on the level and length of someone’s service, he said.

Application forms for the awards are available from the Waimate Information Centre and the Waimate District Council office, as well as their website.

Nominations close 4pm on February 7. A ceremony will be held in March next year to recognise the award recipients.

By DAVID DE LOREAN