Far North TOS awarded runner up prize at the Trustpower Community Awards

Far North award for TOS work in area
Monday, May 30, 2016

The Theosophical Order of Service (TOS) in the Far North have received a a runner up prize at the Trustpower Community Awards for their work in the area.  Below is a press release covering the detauls of their service in the local community.

Arts and Culture

Empowering people to think confidently for themselves is just one of the effects the runner up in the Arts and Cultural category is having on their community.  Please join me in congratulating the Theosophy Centre – Theosophical Order of Service.

This group of volunteers are getting stuck in all over the show.  One of the projects that they initiated and co-ordinated was the local Whangaroa Community Development working group.  This was an effort to highlight Whangaroas town motto of ‘small town – big spirit’ by means of encouraging the whole community to participate in a project designed to both brighten up the town and to enchant visitors with the communities wholesome attitude to life.

This was started by getting every child in the community to decorate a tile with ‘value’ words and phrases in both English and Maori which were then mounted into a suitable place outside Kaeo library and service centre. Every school, pre-school, day-care and play centre was happily involved in the project.  The College also got involved by creating four murals for the town, depicting four local Maori myths and legends.  The wording of these myths and legends are being put into a booklet form so students and locals can share the stories with visitors to the town.

Many adults in the community also got involved, painting tiles at paint stations, regularly set up around the town. A local coffee and takeaway shop also got on board and set up a permanent paint station for customers and visitors to paint a tile for Kaeo while they waited for their takeaways.

This is just scratching the surface of the things that this group are involved in, and they are doing a wonderful job at bringing diverse groups of people together – keep up the great work.


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