KR4Y accepting their Award (from left Helene Judge, Norrey Simmonds – Wellington Community Trust, Steve Sanderson – CEO Wellington Airport, Richard Calkin and Tania Dally.
Kapiti Run for Youth (KR4Y), along with other volunteer groups and individuals were recognised for community dedication at the recent Kapiti Coast Civic and Community Awards.
Six groups received a Wellington Airport Regional Community Award and six more groups were acknowledged as highly commended. KR4Y won the Sport & Leisure Category with Otaki Golf Club Junior Section being Highly Commended. The Supreme Winner on the night was Shed Project Avalanche Band who also won the Education & Child/Youth Development Category.
Kapiti Mayor K Gurunathan said on the night, "that it's a chance to sing the praises of the often-unsung heroes of our coast. Non-profit organisations contribute about $6 billion to our social economy a year, with the labour of volunteers adding another $3.5 billion. Our generous community contributes to the wider picture through their tireless and generous volunteerism."
The Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards focus on volunteer groups in the categories of Heritage & Environment, Health & Wellbeing, Arts & Culture, Sports & Leisure, Education & Child/Youth Development, and Rising Star. The Kapiti winners of each Category will now go to Wellington in November to compete in the Regional Awards where all five local councils will come together to recognise the work carried out by community groups in the wider Wellington region.
Richard Calkin, Founding Director of Web Genius says he was honoured for KR4Y to receive this Award. "I was even more surprised when I opened the envelope with the Certificate as it was a cheque for $1,000 from the Wellington Community Trust. This money means we can start planning for 2019 with confidence which is really great."
Campaign Manager, Helene Judge was truly delighted that KR4Y was a winner on the night. "Much time, planning and activity is applied to running this event so it's super for everyone involved to be acknowledged in this way. Kapiti Run for Youth operates with a social entrepreneurial conscience and it is our intention to keep doing that for the benefit of young people in the Kapiti community," says Helene.
KR4Y was created by Web Genius. KR4Y was seen as their way, as a local business, to give back to their community. There are a number of key people within Web Genius who are active members of the group who help to make KR4Y happen.
In addition to this group there are a number of local business people who give their time, services and products to make KR4Y a noticeable and growing event. The businesses involved who are profiled as Sponsors include Beach FM, City Fitness, Kapiti Business Projects, Kapiti Candy Co, Kapiti Law, Kapiti News, LowTax Accounting Services, Peter Jackson Plumbing, R-Line, Shoe Clinic, SignCraft, 16Nine Photography and Web Genius.
KR4Y has raised nearly $100,000 for the youth of Kapiti since inception in 2011. In 2017 the event raised $19,786.