Rebekah is the pride of Nelson

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A Nelson mum won the Community Spirit award at the regional Pride of New Zealand awards in Christchurch last week.

Rebekah Malthus founded Project Butterfly as a support network for parents who had lost children. The project has created the butterfly path in Fairfield Park and also runs workshops to help families.

She was one of six category winners at the South Island regional awards, which aim to celebrate deserving heroes throughout the country. Now, Rebekah will head to Auckland for the national awards next month.

There she will take on other Community Spirit winners from the three North Island regions. Rebekah says she was shocked to win. “There were some amazing people there and I’ve been looking at the people who won in the North Island and they’re all doing amazing things, so to even be nominated is huge.”

Another Project Butterfly member, Aine Burn, was nominated in the Fundraiser of the Year category. Rebekah says she wishes more could have been nominated. “It’s not about me, it’s just that my name goes on everything, but I wish we could get some of the others that have helped recognised as well. Sometimes I feel that I get all the accolades but I would have never been able to achieve it without all the other people that helped.”

The national award winners will be selected from the regional award winners by a panel of judges. Voting for the People’s Choice Award opened yesterday, with the winner to receive $10,000 from TSB Bank to go towards their chosen cause.

To vote visit www.prideofnzawards.co.nz