THE number of communities signed up to take part in the Limerick Leader-backed Going for Gold competition has more than doubled year-on-year - and there is still time to enter!
At a special briefing in City Hall on Friday, Limerick City Council urged communities across Limerick to get involved in the campaign, designed to raise awareness of environmental issues, get people involved in their own areas, and have fun while volunteering.
Once again, the JP McManus Foundation has put up a prize fund of €50,000.
But this year, there are four chances for communities to impress the judges
There is a category for communities which have entered the national Tidy Towns competition.
Alongside this, there is a category designed for groups not taking part in the Tidy Towns competition.
Thirdly, there is a merit award for an individual who has done a bit extra for their community.
And there is a category for the Most Creative Garden, with the €1,000 prize sponsored by the Parkway Shopping Centre.
Communities from all sides of the city are Going for Gold, and you can follow their exploits over the next few weeks in the Limerick Leader and our sister publication, the Limerick Chronicle.
The overall winners will be decided by text vote, and announced at a grand final in City Hall in September.
Mayor McLoughlin wants to see more communities sign up to take part.
“The message today is to get out there, get involved, and let’s make Limerick a cleaner and greener place to live. Hopefully third initiative will make the streets cleaner and give people’s gardens a boost,” he said.
Environmental director of service Caroline Curley is hoping the second year of Going for Gold can be the best ever.
“It was great last year. We had 12 communities taking up the challenge. Now we have 28, so we are hoping to keep building,” she said.
For an entry form into the Going for Gold competition, and for further information, visit www.limerick.ie/goingforgold, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact 061-407225.
The closing date for entries into all the categories is Friday, August 10.