€70,000 on offer for Limerick Going for Gold competition

Over 170 applicants already for competition to make Limerick a 'brighter place'

€70,000 on offer for Limerick Going for Gold competition

Going for Gold: Gerry Boland of the JP McManus Foundation with Deputy Mayor Cllr Noel Gleeson and Limerick Leader editor Eugene Phelan at the launch of the campaign Picture: Alan Place

THE prize fund for this year’s Limerick Going for Gold is up to a huge €70,000,  with a top prize of €10,000 on offer in the challenge category.

Over 140 applications have already been received for the competition, which is funded by the JP McManus Charitable Foundation and backed by local media, including the Limerick Leader newspaper.

Deputy Mayor of Limerick City and County, Noel Gleeson welcomed sponsors, supporters and friends of Limerick Going for Gold 2016 to launch the initiative in City Hall this week, and he said he was “delighted to see the positive impact of the Going for Gold Grant and Competition on communities across the city and county and we’re delighted with the number of entries received”.

All of the participating groups receive grant funding ranging from €200 to €2,000 to assist with environmental work and help with the overall aim to make Limerick a “cleaner, brighter, place to work live and visit”, the deputy mayor said.

The groups are also in with a chance to win an award in the Going for Gold Grand Final which will take place in October.  Judging of all Going for Gold entrants is on-going and will take place up to mid September, with categories including Limerick in Bloom, Residential Areas and the Challenge category.

Gerry Boland of the JP Mc Manus Charitable Foundation said he was “delighted to confirm on behalf of the Charitable Foundation that the prize fund for Limerick Going for Gold 2016 is now over €70,000 with a top prize of €10,000 in the Challenge category and €5,000 in the Limerick in Bloom category.

“We wish everyone the best of luck in the competition and congratulate them on all their hard work to date.”