South Coast Clean-up coordinator and Former Diabetes Wellington president to get APW awards

27 October 2015

Tomorrow Wellington City Council will present Jonathan Bhana-Thomson and Helen Kettles with Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian awards in recognition of their contribution to their local community.

Jonathan has volunteered with Diabetes Wellington for 19 years. He initially got involved volunteering because his wife Peggy suffers from type 2 diabetes and he saw a way to support Peggy and others in similar positions.

Jonathan has held a variety of roles with Diabetes Wellington over the years, including president, vice president, fundraiser and IT fixer – a role he still helps out with.

Mayor Wade-Brown says that during Jonathan’s time on the Diabetes Wellington committee he’s been a great source of support and leadership.

“He’s also pitched in on the little things: representing the organisation at community events, producing the quarterly newsletter and putting a huge amount of effort into fundraising,” the Mayor says.

The other APW to be awarded is for Helen Kettles, who organises the annual Wellington South Coast clean-up. In September this year, Helen coordinated over 300 participants who were spread out around South Coast at eleven different spots. Over 100 bags of rubbish were collected from 12kms of coast.

The Mayor says, “Helen’s efforts clean up the Southern coast are much appreciated by Wellingtonians as well as terrestrial and marine wildlife.”

The APWs are civic awards that show Council’s appreciation for people in Wellington who have made an outstanding or lengthy contribution to their community.

The presentation of the awards will take place at the beginning of the full Council meeting on October 28, due to begin at 5.30pm at Council’s Committee Room 1, 101 Wakefield Street.