Project Butterfly founder wins Pride of NZ award

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The founder of Nelson’s Project Butterfly has won the community spirit award at the regional Pride of New Zealand Awards in Christchurch last night.

Rebekah Malthus featured in Nelson Weekly in June after she was nominated for the awards for her work in founding Project Butterfly. The project helps families deal with the grief of losing a child and is behind the Butterfly Path at Fairfield Park.

There were six category winners at the South Island regional awards last night, those winners will head to Auckland next month to take on the winners from the three North Island regions.

The six categories at the awards are: bravery and heroism, community spirit, emergency services, environment, fundraiser of the year, lifetime achievement as well as a people’s choice award.

Voting for the people’s choice award will start on Monday, August 17 with the winner from the public vote announced at the national Pride of New Zealand Awards ceremony on September 16. This person will also receive $10,000 from TSB Bank to go towards their chosen cause.

Full story in next week’s Nelson Weekly.