STAFF at St Munchin’s Family Resource Centre in Ballyneety are gearing up to take part in the Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run to raise funds to expand their centre’s services.
The centre in the northside of Limerick city provides support to people all ages and members of the community. They hope to generate some much needed funding to provide services such as chiropody for older people, meals on wheels, after-school and homework clubs, a counselling service, and other services. The centre is encouraging parents and others who use their services to take part in the run to raise funding, and also to volunteer on the day.
The organisers behind the run have also announced that they have entered a three year partnership with Clean Ireland Recycling to introduce a range of new environment initiatives. Race director John Cleary said that with race numbers this year expected to reach 10,000, along with up to 30,000 spectators they have a “responsibility to ensure that all the necessary steps are taken to protect our local environment”.
Due to the numbers participating and spectating on Sunday, May 5, during the Bank Holiday week, when the Riverfest celebrations will also be in full swing, it is anticipated that “waste and litter creation at this event is very significant”, with up to 50,000 water bottles and other packaging materials due to be recycled.
Tara Flanagan, Limerick City Council environment section, said “we hope all the spectators at this event will use the special segregated bins which we will provide on the streets to ensure high rates of recycling and more efficient street cleaning.” Pauline McDonagh, from the Regional Waste Office, welcomed the increase in the number of events and festivals that are now adopting green principles.