Recognising those who ‘make community work’

Recognising volunteers. . . Mataura Licensing Trust president Horace McAuley presents a $100 vouncher to Rotary Club of Gore president Russell Welsh which is the first of many which the club will award each month to a worthy volunteer in the community. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

A joint venture between the Rotary Club of Gore and the Mataura Licensing Trust will reward volunteers for their service.

Each month someone from the community will win a $100 voucher to spend at an MLT establishment.

Rotary president Russell Welsh said there were people in the community who had spent many years volunteering.

‘‘There has been a lot [of people] that have done good in the community. . .and they’re unrecognised.’’

It was good to recognise those people, as volunteers were ‘‘what makes our community work’’, Mr Welsh said.

People could nominate volunteers on the club’s Facebook page.

They needed to include a brief description of why they thought the person was a worthy winner.

‘‘It would be nice if the community gets behind us and we end up with quite a few nominations.’’

The venture would run for a year and then reviewed.

Mataura Licensing Trust president Horace McAuley said it was pleased to get behind the project.

‘‘These organisations like [Rotary] come along with ideas which we see an awful lot of merit in and so we’re happy to be involved.’’