RUGBY legend Paul O’Connell and businessman JP McManus have launched the second massive clean-up initiative for Limerick to take place 2016.
The hugely successful Team Limerick Clean-up that took place last Good Friday, is to return again next year, it has been confirmed.
The major clean-up day will take place on Good Friday, March 25, when thousands of volunteers will be encouraged to come out once again in force to pick litter in their local areas throughout the city and county.
In addition to the volunteer participation next year, TLC2 will be asking fast food outlets and convenience stores throughout Limerick to support the initiative by displaying merchandise and posters to further promote the safe discarding of disposable food and drinks packaging.
Team Limerick Clean-Up 2 (TLC2), is an initiative sponsored by the JP McManus Benevolent Fund and administered by Limerick City and County Council.
Endorsed by Paul O’Connell, who is due to move to France in the new year, official partners include Mr Binman, the Limerick Leader and Limerick’s Live 95FM.
“Our inaugural event was incredible with over 10,000 volunteers taking part,” said Mr O’Connell, who was recently conferred with an honorary doctorate by UL, amongst a plethora of other awards.
“Next year we hope to get more sports clubs and schools involved so the whole concept of keeping your locality tidy starts at a grass roots level upwards. We all know that general litter waste in our city and county is an on-going issue, so we will be asking volunteers to come out again next Good Friday and enjoy the morning picking, sweeping and clearing their areas – essentially it’s easy and a bit of fun.”
Sue Ann Foley, chairperson of the JP McManus Benevolent Fund, said they are delighted that this event will take place again next year.
“This is a great initiative in which communities throughout the whole of Limerick can participate across all generations to help make our county a cleaner place. I would like to acknowledge the tremendous support which Limerick City & County Council provides TLC2, along with our partners Mr Binman, The Limerick Leader and Limerick’s Live 95FM.”
Mr McManus has previously praised “the incredible leadership shown by Paul O’Connell,” which he feels increased “the degree of community awareness about the importance of maintaining a clean environment became central to our goal of making Limerick the cleanest place in Ireland.”
TLC2 has a dedicated website www.teamlimerickcleanup.ie where volunteers can register from January 4, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the help-line on 01 2953519. Clean-up packs will be available for all those who register from early March.