Wellington Pride Award Nominations Open

(PR.co.nz) The annual Pride Awards ceremony provides an opportunity for exceptional young people from the Wellington region to be recognised for their achievements and contributions to their community. The focus of the awards is on young people who are often unrecognised for their achievements. By rewarding their achievements we aim to give these young people the recognition they deserve and put them into the spotlight so that they can inspire their peers and the wider community.

There are six award categories, with a Junior (5-12 years old) and a Senior Award (13-17 years old) for each category. The Award categories are:
• Youth Leadership and Team Work Award – awarded to a young person who shows consistent strong, positive leadership skills, and works well with others by demonstrating patience, good listening skills and respect.
• Creative Achievement and Innovation Award – awarded to a young person who can demonstrate innovation or creative expression and original ideas in the arts or in science and technology.
• Community First Award – awarded to a young person who demonstrates an outstanding level of involvement in the local community.
• Courage in Adversity Award – awarded to a young person who has courageously tackled and conquered difficult situations.
• Carers Award – awarded to a young person who goes out of their way help out and takes care of family members and/or others in their community.

This year’s award ceremony will be held at Paramount Theatre on Sunday, 19 October 2014 where winners will receive their awards and an excellent prize package. Nominations are open to young people between the ages of 5 and 17 years old (as at 31 July), living in the Wellington region (including Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa). Nominations close on the 31 July.

To nominate a young person simply complete a nomination form on the Pride Award Trust website: www.prideawards.org.nz and submit it online or by post.

On Saturday, 5 July a Pool Party will also be held as a fundraising event and to celebrate the opening of the awards nomination period. The Pool Party will be held at H2O Extreme from 7-9pm with a ticket price of only $8 per child and free entry for all adults accompanying children. The night will involve team activities/competitions for prizes, music from a live DJ, a sausage sizzle and all the great H2O facilities including slides, river rapids, waves and inflatables.

The Pride Awards would not be possible without the generous support from principal sponsors, Datacom, and Interislander; and principal media partners, The Edge, The Breeze, More FM and Mai FM.

Media Release 24 June 2014.