On August 31st 2015 the Volunteers at Classic Flyers were proud to be the recipient of a Trustpower Community Award in the Heritage and Environment category.
This award recognises all the hard work and dedication put in by our band of volunteers that make Classic Flyers what it is today.
The awards ceremony was attended by Dave Love (representing Classic Flyers management) and Ian Sawinson and Jan Holmes representing the many volunteers in our organisation. Between them they accepted the award on behalf of all the volunteers at Classic Flyers.
The awards were presented by Vince Hawksworth (Trustpower CEO) in front of local comminty dignitaries and 120 representtives from the other 52 organisations that were entered in the awards.
A transcript of the awards speech by Mr Hawksworth (below) amply explains why Classic Flyers won the Heritage and Environment Category.
"Our first award and very deserving winner of the Heritage and Environment category, goes to a group of volunteers keeping the propellors spinning at their local museum - well done to Classic Flyers NZ!
Around 200 people reglarly volunteer at this aviation museum and their work helps ensure this rich history is preserved for future generations. They particularly specialise in classic aircraft which date from the mid 1930's onwards, and they celebrated their tenth anniversary this year.
Behind the scenes of this substantial operation is a dedicated team of volunteers who help with everything from rebuilding and cleaning aircraft to maintaining the facility to helping to address the pil of administration tasks. Out the front there are also those who act a museum or dedicated school group guides and those who support their many events - like the Road Safety Briefing held of the NZ Police.
2015 was a wee bit special for this group as on top of usual business they put on a remarkable month long 'World War 1' exhibition that paid tribute to the incredible sacrifices made by kiwis during this period. This project was a real labout of love for the volunteers further evidenced by the extensive research completed about local military. Over 16,000 people visited this popular research exhibition, a number that put and enormous strain on their volunteer force!
From the engineer who restore the iconic aircraft that arrive in a sorry state to those that take visitors on a journey back in time to the administration stars toiling away in the background. This group resembles something closer to a large extended family and we thank you whole heartedly for not only fuelling a greater interest in aviation history through this great museum but for your dedication to put on such a memorable exhibition too!"
Well done all the volunteers at Classic Flyers this award is for all of you. Remember we would not be the success that we are without the help and support from each and everyone of you.
Classic Flyers CEO
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