BUSINESSMAN JP McManus says he hopes Limerick can become the envy of the country by being declared Ireland’s cleanest city.
Through his charitable trust, JP has committed €150,000 in funding for the cleaner city initiative during 2012.
There is €50,000 being offered as prize money for the “Limerick Going For Gold” campaign which will take place over the next few months.
The campaign is a follow-on from last year’s €50k Community Challenge which saw 12 local communities from across the city compete against each other with Castletroy View being named the overall winner.
“We have more entrants, there is more of an awareness (this year) and there are more people happy to play a part. It’s not about winning, they just want to improve the environment and improve their area and along with that it brings a great community spirit where people work with one another,” said JP.
The Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Jim Long, is urging city businesses, community groups and tidy towns entrants to participate in the Limerick Going For Gold campaign, which will run over the next few months.
“It’s costing a huge amount of money to pick up people’s litter from the streets so I would encourage everybody to come on board to ensure this campaign is a success and that we have a brighter, cleaner city,” said Mayor Long.
Speaking at the launch of the campaign, JP McManus said he was delighted to support the initiative through his charitable foundation.
“There are a lot of people who have done a lot of work bringing Limerick forward and in the months ahead I’m sure you will see it improve further and we’ll make Limerick a place that will be the envy of the country,” he said.